What if you could take the most effective way of fuelling an electric motor and combine it with the world’s most efficient vehicle? The result would be a fuel cell electric-assist bicycle.
The Alpha can be refilled with hydrogen in only two minutes – enough to deliver a range of 100 km on a single charge. Whereas battery-powered pedelecs are adversely affected by low temperatures, The Alpha provides constant range and performances in all weather conditions.
The company behind this exciting design is currently crowd funding here.
Fuel cells are not a new idea – they were invented in 1838, which makes them almost exactly the same age as the bicycle.
A fuel cell converts the energy from a fuel (like Hydrogen) into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen. Fuel cells require a constant source of fuel to sustain the chemical reaction, but unlike batteries, which eventually go flat, they can produce electricity for as long fuel and oxygen are supplied.
We are a cycle insurance company like no other
Not only are we Britain’s most ethical insurance company, we campaign for sustainable transport. Sometimes that means protesting until a school gets the zebra crossing they’ve been refused, or running 60 roadshows this year to encourage people out of their cars, or fixing bicycles for free. Supporting this work is easy – you simply have to take out cycle insurance with us, cover that just happens to be excellent.
Unlike other insurers we never devalue your bike. And if you ride a carbon bike, rest assured we will never have a cracked frame repaired – we will always replace your bike with a new one. How many other insurers can say that? Find out more