Fuel Cell Technology in Motorcycles?
Posted February 26, 2002 - 03:49 PM
What is the possibility of having an engine small enough. What is the power output like - Can we roost on one? etc. What are the positives and negatives? etc.
Good riding all!
Posted February 27, 2002 - 05:16 AM
And yes, it does roost. I have cleared a 50' tabletop on it. The only negatives of EV's are battery weight and range. The fuel cell solves the weight problem, the range is improved, and it can be "recharged" with hydrogen rather than electrons.
Posted February 27, 2002 - 08:14 AM
Thanks for the info. Is the article on the web? Can you send link or post a copy of the article here?
Sounds like fuel cells are getting smaller and lighter. How far off do you think we are (time wise) to have the technology in a usable format for motorcyles?
Do you have a picture of your electric bike?
Posted February 27, 2002 - 08:39 AM
Posted February 27, 2002 - 10:41 PM
Sounds like fuel cell technology will Help the power/speed issues.
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