Is the hydrogen-powered bike going to replace current e-bike

Is the hydrogen powered bike going to replace your current electric bike

In recent years, green, low-carbon and smart have gradually become a new consumer trend.

At the 3rd China International Consumer Goods Fair held in China, hydrogen-powered bicycles also successfully attracted the attention of many manufacturers and consumers, creating a new possibility of “zero carbon” travel.

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    "Zero carbon" travel - many places "ride" into the "hydrogen era"

    The bike adopts low-pressure hydrogen storage and hydrogen exchange technology, and is the first hydrogen-powered bicycle for mass production at the consumer end in China, and has been launched to the global market this year.

    Its 0.7L hydrogen storage supports 2.5 hours of continuous riding, a range of 55 km and a maximum speed of 22 km/h.

    It uses low pressure hydrogen storage and hydrogen exchange technology.

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    At present, hydrogen-powered bicycle systems have been put into operation in many cities in China, and “zero carbon” travel has entered the “hydrogen era”.

    “Once you pedal, the bike moves forward lightly, and it’s easy to ride.” Some enthusiastic citizens said. They also became the first users to experience it.

    According to the product engineer, the hydrogen-powered bike can store 0.5 cubic meters of hydrogen, with a range of 70km-80km and a maximum speed of 23km/h.

    People only need to scan the code and complete a simple operation on the cell phone to open the lock and ride, and the manual hydrogen change can be completed in just 5 seconds.

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    In some resort areas, hydrogen-powered bikes have unlocked a new “posture” for tourists to roam in depth.

    The 15-minute ride costs only RMB 1, saving money, energy, time and heart, effectively solving the public’s environmental protection, convenient and fast “zero carbon” travel requirements.

    What are the differences of hydrogen-powered bikes?

    Compared to traditional electric bikes, hydrogen-powered bikes use new materials, technologies and techniques to add a hydrogen generator and hydrogen storage to the bike, which is also commonly known as a fuel cell.

    After hydrogen gas is injected into the special membrane of the generator, an electric current is formed under the action of oxygen, through which the motor on the bike is driven to run.

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    Hydrogen energy is safer than electricity, and even the cost of producing hydrogen from electricity is much lower than electricity.

    It costs about 1 cent per kilometer to plug in and use hydrogen energy, and hydrogen energy bars are more portable than traditional electric batteries.

    ① Battery life: The service life of a hydrogen-powered bicycle fuel cell system is about 2000 hours, which is twice as long as a lithium battery.

    This means that consumers have a longer consumption cycle and a more stable use of hydrogen-powered bikes.

    ② Range: The best working temperature of a traditional electric bike batteries is about 25℃, and the temperature is too high or too low and will affect the charging and discharging of the battery, so the range of electric bicycles in winter and summer is 10-20km different.

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    Hydrogen-powered bikes don’t have to worry about that at all. No matter how the temperature changes in spring, summer, autumn and winter, hydrogen-powered bikes can maintain a stable range.

    ③ Safety guarantee: The news of explosions of traditional electric bike battery explosions is frequent, and the problem of explosions when charging the battery has not yet been eliminated.

    The hydrogen-powered bike is much safer: its internal low-pressure solid-state hydrogen storage device, which needs to absorb heat when releasing hydrogen gas, is slow and won’t explode.

    ④ Intelligent travel: Hydrogen-powered bicycle adopts GPS positioning, IOT communication, information collection, processing and other vehicle networking technologies.

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    These can realize intelligent sensing, interaction, big data services and other functions, and can control the start and interaction of the vehicle through APP.

    ⑤ Environmentally friendly future: Compared to traditional electric bicycles, hydrogen-powered bicycles have the advantages of lower emissions and lower pollution.

    Hydrogen energy forging a new industrial advantage

    As a useful supplement to the existing forms of energy, hydrogen energy has become an important strategic choice to promote the green and high-quality development of industries and cultivate new economic growth points.

    We should develop the hydrogen energy industry in an orderly manner and actively and steadily promote the diversified application of hydrogen energy in industrial fields.

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    It is believed that in the near future, the world will closely follow the development of the hydrogen energy industry, speed up the promotion of hydrogen energy technology innovation and application, promote the improvement of relevant standard systems, and forge new industrial competitive advantages in the process of implementing the goal of carbon peak and carbon neutral tasks.

    What are the other problems with hydrogen-powered bikes?

    Although hydrogen-powered bikes are gaining instant popularity, they also face many problems:

    ① The manual hydrogen exchange method is not as convenient as manual charging.

    When hydrogen energy is about to be used, the information is reported to the backstage operation center, and hydrogen energy operation and maintenance personnel are required to provide hydrogen exchange service according to the information.

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    ② The cost is too high.

    At present, the cost of hydrogen-powered bicycles is still very expensive, resulting in a price that is several times or even 10 times higher than that of ordinary electric bicycles, which is expensive enough to deter many consumers.

    ③ The speed of technological operation is not as fast as traditional electric vehicles.

    The development of electric vehicles and fast charging technology will soon make hydrogen-fueled vehicles redundant in the field of transportation.

    ④ Difficult to spread rapidly in small and medium-sized cities.

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    The education level and economic level of small and medium-sized cities are relatively low, and the acceptance and consumption capacity of hydrogen-powered bicycles are low.

    In contrast to heavyweight applications such as automobiles, lightweight applications such as bicycles have characteristics such as proximity to consumers, low unit price, high volume and large market size, which are closer to the general consumer market and are important edge innovation applications.

    What are the problems that still need to be improved to popularize hydrogen-powered bicycles?

    ① Solve the cost problem. The sharing model will bring a large number of orders for hydrogen-powered bicycles, and hydrogen-powered bicycles produce a scale effect.

    The cost of hydrogen-powered bikes is concentrated on fuel cells and hydrogen storage tanks, and the scale effect will help manufacturers reduce costs quickly.

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    At the same time, the sharing mode does not require consumers to purchase vehicles, which significantly reduces the cost of experience and is more easily accepted by consumers.

    ② Hydrogen filling station problem. Shared electric bicycles generally belong to the pile type, which can combine hydrogen refueling stations with rental points to solve the problem of difficult hydrogen refueling and reduce the construction cost of hydrogen refueling stations at the same time.

    ③ Market feedback. A large amount of market feedback can help manufacturers improve products and enhance technology quickly.

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    From many aspects to solving the problems of cost and mass production, the electric bicycle will be better integrated into the mass consumer market.

    Undoubtedly, hydrogen-powered bicycles will “go” off their own long-term road.

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