Hydrogen Fuel Cell Motorcycles to be the Common Vehicle in China

Motorcycles are one of the common means of transport. Unique designs and innovations are made along the lines of its usage patterns. The government of China has approved the mass production of hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) of China have recently announced the safety and reliability standards for hydrogen cell motorcycles. The set of standards passed were included in the ongoing cross-strait integration of standards, claimed the ministry.  The Ministry is even going further in engaging with global standards for such vehicles. Primarily, aiming at the future exports of hydrogen cell motorcycles.

Hydrogen cell motorcycles produced by some manufacturers have met the requirements of the standards. Around 30 hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles have successfully finished the  on-road test drive of 12000 kilometres. The on- road test drive is the first ever as it included areas like mountains, seaside areas and cities, claimed the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology President, Chen Shi-Shuenn.

Hydrogen cell motorcycles come with a baggage of benefits, that it makes it unique. These bikes are environmentally friendly as they just produce heat, water and electricity rather than carbon dioxide.

Division Director of the Bureau of Standards, Hsieh Han-chang has described that such scooters use low-pressure storage canisters which are relatively safer than the vehicles that use high pressure. Newly developed catalysts are used by the manufacturers of hydrogen cell motorcycles so as to make the hydrogen inside stable.

The government is required to provide the necessary infrastructure for the smooth functioning of such vehicles. Convenience stores, gas stations and scooter shops are required for exchanging old storage canisters for new ones. The storage canisters of hydrogen cell motorcycles weigh approximately 4.4 kilogrammes each, which relatively lighter than the lithium battery used in other electric motorcycles.

The hydrogen cell motorcycles when loaded with two canisters containing 90 grammes of hydrogen gas, the scooter can go up to fifty kilometres, according to Hsieh. While the highest speed a scooter can go is 70 kilometres per hour.

Hsieh has further described that for every NT$100 spent such motorcycles can run 260 km. While a normal scooter and electric scooter run for 100 km and 170 km, respectively.

The cost of the hydrogen cell motorcycles is believed to be high given the production rate at present. As the production kickstarts, the cost is expected to come down.

The government is providing subsidies to the electric vehicles with lithium batteries. Hsieh commented that the hydrogen cell motorcycles will generate demand even without subsidies because of the cheaper price of hydrogen gas.

 

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