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FCEV Motorcycle ?

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by Larry93428, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. Larry93428

    Larry93428 Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Cambria California, United States
    Electric motorcycles are in the news. They are being depicted as cool, fast and quiet.
    The way they come across is important to us; not simply with the typical FUD and fire concerns.
    The BEV motorcycle will aid us in our competition with FCEV.
    Is anybody excited about a fool cell electric motorcycle?
  2. swaltner

    swaltner Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    Kansas, USA
    Are there any under development right now?

    The alarmist in me doesn't like the idea of a 5,000 psi fuel tank between my legs. :) I guess in the rare event that a 5,000 psi hydrogen tank ruptures, it doesn't matter if it's right between your legs or just nearby.
  3. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    It's not the rupture (which typically won't happen unless the pressure relief valve fails), but the venting. Hydrogen naturally travels upwards so you don't want to be sitting on top of a tank when it vents or is punctured (unless you want to be roasted). That's why the automakers tend to put the tank behind the passengers when possible.
  4. thelastdeadmouse

    Apr 11, 2012
    Potsdam, New York
    Hydrogen tanks are so bulky it'd be hard to imagine a FHEV bike with useful range. Maybe something Goldwing sized would work, but it seems to me that all the reasons that its difficult to make hydrogen fuel cell cars is doubly so for motorcycles.
  5. qwk

    qwk Model S P2681

    Dec 19, 2008
    Fool cell motorcycles are about as smart of an idea as gasoline powered desktop computers.
  6. AndreN

    AndreN Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    Redmond, WA
    I had a vague memory of seeing a fuel-cell motorcycle in Popular Science a while back, so I did a quick Google search and came up with this:
    Intelligent Energy ENV

    Looks like they had it on sale for $6000 but I don't see any evidence that it's still for sale.

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