The market for bicycles is currently growing particularly fast in the field of pedelecs. Older people in particular like to rely on the support of an electric motor in order to constantly achieve the desired speed. But the wheels also have disadvantages. So they are relatively difficult due to the integrated battery, the range is often quite limited and long loading times must be scheduled. The French company Pragma Industries has now presented an idea to solve these problems at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the electric bicycle called H2Bike Alpha itself produces the required electricity with the help of a fuel cell. The hydrogen required for this is also carried and is stored in a frame integrated into the frame.

The design is still getting used to, but the technology should convince. Image: Pragma Industries

A two-minute break must be taken after 100 kilometers

There is also a 150 Wh lithium-ion battery for intermediate storage of the electricity produced. This ensures that the electrical support is always on hand as soon as it is needed. The performance data of the hydrogen wheel need not hide behind conventional pedelecs. Depending on national legislation, the top speed will also be 25 or 32 kilometers per hour. The range of about 100 kilometers is also quite impressive. But for the customers particularly advantageous: Refilling the hydrogen takes only about two minutes. Afterwards, the journey can be continued without any further delays. Basically, you can say that the hydrogen bike has similar advantages as the fuel cell cars – propagated primarily by Toyota.

The hydrogen filling station is supplied directly

Here as well as there arises the question of the required infrastructure. Because a socket is available almost everywhere – which one can not just say of hydrogen refueling stations. The managers of Pragma Industries have therefore decided to focus clearly on the target group. So the hydrogen wheel is not sold directly to private customers. Instead, public administrations and bike-sharing companies are looked at in particular. These can presumably compensate the high acquisition costs much better. Included in the delivery is the required hydrogen filling station. The trick: It only needs to be filled with water. Subsequently, the gas station independently produces the required hydrogen by electrolysis. So the operation should also be possible for laymen.

Via: Pragma Industries

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