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Segway plans hydrogen sports bike

Hydrogen the future for motorcycles?

Segway Apex H2 hydrogen bike

Personal mobility vehicle manufacturers Segway have branched out into electric sport bikes and mopeds in recent years with the help of Chinese company Ninebot and are now planning a cheap hydrogen fuel cell sports bike.

The Segway-Ninebot Apex H2 bike won’t be as fast as their 200km/h electric Apex, but it will sound more like a traditional bike and even has an exhaust pipe, although all that will come out is steam.

Segway Apex electric motorcycle
Segway Apex

They say Segway it will have 60kW (80hp) of power, enough to get it to highway speed in about four seconds and a top speed of 150km/h.

More importantly it will only cost about $A14,000 ($US10,700).Segway Apex H2 hydrogen bike Segway Apex H2 hydrogen bike

Another interesting feature from the sketches are the single-sided front and rear swingarms.

There are no details from Segway about tank size, weight or range for the Apex H2, plus there are also issues with refuelling infrastructure which is negligent in Australia.Segway Apex H2 hydrogen bike

Howerever, hydrogen is largely regarded as the future for all motor vehiclesEven Honda is considering a hydrogen-powered motorcycle.

Further promoting the use of hydrogen power in small vehicles such as motorcycles is the development of a “Powerpaste”.

Powerpaste hydrogen fuel
Powerpaste hydrogen fuel

The German-made magnesium hydride paste stores hydrogen energy at 10 times the density of a lithium battery, is less volatile than gas and doesn’t need heavy pressurised tanks, making it ideal for motorcycles and scooters.

The other great advantage is that you could “refuel” or replace the Powerpaste cartridge in seconds rather than waiting hours to recharge an electric battery.