A hydrogen-powered bicycle has been introduced: An interesting alternative to electric bicycles.

Swiss company HydroRide has developed a hydrogen-powered fuel cell bicycle, offering a different approach. Let’s take a closer look at this interesting bicycle, which eliminates the waiting time for charging.
A hydrogen-powered bicycle

While battery-powered electric bicycles are rapidly becoming widespread today, Swiss company HydroRide has developed a hydrogen-powered fuel cell bicycle, offering a different approach. The company also provides a compact filling station to refill hydrogen tanks.

The global electric bicycle market is expected to reach $120 billion by 2030. Although falling battery prices are making electric bicycles increasingly attractive, the long charging times of batteries remain a disadvantage. HydroRide claims to have solved this problem with their fuel cell bicycles.

It offers a range of up to 60 km

The bicycle features a hydrogen tank in the shape of a bottle, measuring 25 cm in height and with a pressure of 1 MPa, along with a 180 W fuel cell. Hydrogen from the tank is converted into electricity in the fuel cell, powering the electric motor. The bicycle, which offers a range of up to 60 km, has a hydrogen canister that can be swapped out in seconds, eliminating the need to wait for charging.

HydroRide’s product range currently includes three models: an urban bike, a sports bike, and a folding bike. These bicycles, equipped with rear hub motors, provide pedal assistance up to a speed of 23 km/h.

The company also offers a compact hydrogen generator for producing hydrogen. This generator can produce 20 grams of hydrogen from 200 ml of pure water in 5 to 6 hours. HydroRide states that the device can be charged with solar panels in addition to the grid. However, the company does not provide details on the device’s efficiency.

Earlier this month, HydroRide showcased their technology at MicroMobility in Amsterdam, aiming to use their bicycles for rental services rather than for individual users. Consequently, they do not provide pricing information for the bicycles. Similar to Gogoro’s battery-swapping service for scooters, the company plans to offer a service where hydrogen tanks can be easily swapped.

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