Posts Tagged ‘motorcycle’

The World’s First Hydrogen Powered Motorcycle

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Prototype hydrogen powered cars have been around for a while, but earlier this week, scientists at Loughborough University showed off the world’s first hydrogen powered motorcycle. The ENV (emissions neutral vehicle) has an onboard hydrogen fuel cell that can be filled in 3 minutes. It then converts the hydrogen into usable electricity powering the motorcycle to speeds over 50 mph and has a range of about 100 miles, and of course only gives off warm air and water as exhaust.

The motorcycles are said to be easy to operate. The university has already planned to build a fleet of the ENVs for use around the campus.

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Hybrid Motorcycle for Honda

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Honda has always been an innovator when it comes to compact gas-saving technology.  Some cars are catching the motorcycle in terms of efficiency.  Now the company aims to put hybrid technology into their motorcycles to turn the tables once again.  Honda projects that the first of the models could be on the market in a matter of a couple of years.

The first and obvious problem is putting all the hybrid technology, which many car makers have had difficulty doing, into a package that could fit in a bike.  However, given Honda’s history I wouldn’t bet against them.  They claim that they will be able to get up to 50% more efficiency out of the engines ranging from 200-1000cc, and costs would be kept down by sharing much of the hybrid technology found in their current cars.

via ecogeek