Did You Know: The Hydrogen Bike Is Making Serious Advancement
E-bikes have a rather long history.
The first patent on an electrical bicycle was granted in 1895 and was invented by O. Bolton Jr. From that moment on electrical bicycles have been developed by several companies and different brands. The technique has tremendously changed in the past century, but especially in the last 20 years—more or less. Due to these technological advances the e-bike has become better affordable, more popular and above all more technically improved than ever. Product development has been evolving the current e-bikes into high-tech bikes. Speed sensors, power sensors and cadence sensors are increasingly standardized on an e-bike with a mid-drive motor. Those motors are becoming more and more powerful. Moreover, in terms of safety, there are some interesting products coming to market, such as the Bosch ABS, Bicle wrote about on November 17th. Another interesting development is that of the batteries. Nowadays most e-bikes make use of a lithium-ion battery. Just as the motors batteries are becoming more powerful, which increases the range. However, in regard with the quest to become more environmentally friendly, the lithium-ion battery is still polluting. That is mainly due to the lifespan of such a battery, which is approximately six to seven years. That is not too long and after those years, the batteries are broken down. That process is quite polluting. That is why there are several initiatives that are developing a cleaner and more sustainable alternative solution. One of them—and this development is also detected in the automotive sector—is a hydrogen (H2) e-bike. According to the The Linde Group—one of the leading parties in the development of hydrogen e-bikes— an H2 e-bike, both outrange the lithium-ion batteries and are greener. H2 is a so called green fuel that only releases ‘water vapor when converted in a fuel cell.’ Moreover, it is not a fossil fuel, but extracted out of one of the most occurring elements found on earth—water. Not only that, hydrogen is claimed to have a greater drive range that lithium-ion, and it has a super quick refill: somewhere around two minutes. Another player is Pragma Industries. This is a French company that is currently developing and patenting their H2-bike. They even have the bike approved according to European standards. Pragma claims that, compared to a common lithium-ion battery of 360w, a H2-battery can go twice as far. That is, 100km instead of 50km. The bike is already on the market, but it seems that they focus exclusively on the B2B segment. That is not so strange regarding the sales price, which is very high. That is also one of its main problems. The H2-bike may be clean and have a longer range, the bike is still extremely expensive. That is due to its technological implications and developments. It is a technique that is still relatively novel, so costs are mainly in development and production scale. Another issue is that H2 is expensive, due to the technological requirements of the equipment that produces H2. It should, however, not be forgotten that this technology can really improve both range and environmental friendly driving. Although H2-bikes may still require more development, this is definitely something we as an industry should keep a close eye on. Sources: irunonhydrogen.com/#why-hydrogen hwww.gasworld.com/introducing-the-alpha20-h2-powered-bike/2013750.article