World’s First Hydrogen Bike Gets Fifty Percent Range Boost
SHEFFIELD, UK – European hydrogen fuel cell specialists, Pragma Industries, has successfully increased the maximum range of its pioneering hydrogen fuel cell Alpha bike by fifty percent. This could be accomplished by using an advanced, high-pressure gas cylinder from AMS Composite Cylinders.
A fleet of its fuel cell Alpha bikes will now be heading to the G7 World Summit this weekend, to provide sustainable transport for journalists covering the event. The project has been funded by low-carbon energy supplier Engie from France. During the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, journalists will be able to use the e-bikes to travel between the press centre and the city.
By replacing the original (200 bar) gas cylinder for AMS’s ultra-lightweight, non-limited life, high pressure (300 bar) carbon composite gas cylinder, Pragma has pushed the maximum range of Alpha from 100 to 150 kilometers.
Advantages over battery e-bikes
Pierre Forte, Founder and CEO of Pragma Industries, said: “Alpha fuel cell bikes offer significant advantages over electric battery bikes in terms of both range and refuelling. Whereas batteries typically take several hours to recharge, hydrogen cylinders can be refilled in under 2 minutes. For fleet applications, this is invaluable.”
“In commercial applications, range matters. Switching to AMS cylinders enables Alpha to stay on the road much longer. It reduces the time, cost and hassle associated with refuelling. We’re expanding production of the bikes to meet growing global demand, and already have plans to use AMS cylinders in our upcoming models to explore further range extension.”
Originally launched in 2018, Alpha is the world’s first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell bike. Riding just like an ordinary bicycle with additional electric support, it is designed to offer an eco-transport solution for private owners and commercial applications, such as public services, last mile delivery, municipal bike schemes and corporate staff mobility.
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