Hydrogen Bike Better Than Electric?

Another great bike has recently made its appearance this year. In Shanghai at the 9th China International Exhibition on Gas Technology, Equipment and Applications the hydrogen prototype bike was introduced.

Shanghai Pearl Hydrogen Power Source Technology Co. is the innovative company behind this new bike. In the future they hope to expand their technology to other forms of transportation such as golf carts and motorbikes.

The hydrogen fueled bike can go about 60 miles at about 15.5 m/h. Not to bad for a bike. Don't you think?

The bikes' components are also lighter than those used in electric bikes. What other advantage does this hydrogen-fueled bike have over an electric one? The hydrogen-fueled bike has a battery tank and a pair of hydrogen gas bottles that take only 30 minutes to refill, whereas an electric bike can take up to 3 hours to recharge. Owners just need to order the gas refills from local suppliers

The cost? This innovative, but not so pretty puke-green bike is at a price of $2,632, but mass production should help the price go down.

Via Weird Asian News

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Sep 14, 2007
by come clean (not verified)

That's a pretty cool looking

That's a pretty cool looking bike! 15.5 mph is pretty decent. I'd consider it as an alternative to a big car.

Sep 14, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
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Ugly Bikeling...

Wow, of all the colors they could have used, where did they find that ghastly green?? Great engineering; marketing... not so much.Money mouth

Sep 15, 2007
by AmericanCynic


I don't know about you, but I don't have any "local suppliers" of hydrogen. It's not exactly cheap, either, and generating it takes a lot of electricity, more than you'd lose by storing electricity in batteries. Do try to keep some perspective. Despite the shorter range of electric bikes, they can be recharged anywhere and for pennies, even at work. Some advanced lithium batteries can fast charge to 80% capacity in minutes, something these guys don't bother to tell you with their "up to 3 hours" FUD. They're generally not hazardous. A leaking hydrogen cylinder can be. Speaking of which, what's a "battery tank"? Is that supposed to be a fuel cell? Fuel cells aren't very reliable yet. Atmospheric contamination shortens their lifespan.

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