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Energy boost for hydrogen bike

A fleet of the fuel cell Alpha bikes are heading to the G7 World Summit in Biarritz to provide sustainable transport for journalists covering the event.

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The range of the hydrogen Alpha bike has been extended by 50 per cent
The range of the hydrogen Alpha bike has been extended by 50 per cent

European hydrogen fuel cell specialists, Pragma Industries, has successfully increased the maximum range of its hydrogen fuel cell bike by 50 per cent.

 

A fleet of 200 Alpha bikes will now be heading to the 45th G7 World Summit in Biarritz, France, from August 24rd-26th to provide sustainable transport for journalists covering the event. It is part of the project funded by low-carbon energy leaders, Engie.

 

After the summit, the bikes will be made available for long-term rental across the city, providing an eco-transport legacy for the region.

 

Range extension

 

The bikes have received the range boost via the use of an advanced, high-pressure gas cylinder from AMS Composite Cylinders.

 

Journalists will be able to use the pedal electric cycles (pedelec) to travel between the press centre and the city where two bike pick-up and return stations will be installed.

 

By replacing the original (200 bar) gas cylinder for AMS’s ultra-lightweight, non-limited life, high pressure (300 bar) carbon composite gas cylinder, Pragma has pushed the maximum range of Alpha from 100km to 150km. With typical battery-powered bikes offering a maximum range of around 50km, Alpha’s new range offers a number of practical benefits.

 

“Alpha fuel cell bikes offer significant advantages over electric battery bikes in terms of both range and refuelling,” said Pierre Forte, founder and CEO of Pragma Industries. “Whereas batteries typically take several hours to recharge, hydrogen cylinders can be refilled in under two minutes. For fleet applications, this is invaluable.”

 

“In commercial applications, range matters. Switching to AMS cylinders has provided a 50 per cent increase in hydrogen capacity and working range to 150km – enabling Alpha to stay on the road for up to a week in average, real-world use. This reduces the time, cost and hassle associated with refuelling.

“Whereas batteries typically take several hours to recharge, hydrogen cylinders can be refilled in under two minutes. For fleet applications, this is invaluable”

“We’re expanding production of the bikes to meet growing global demand, and already have plans to use AMS cylinders in our upcoming models to explore further range extension.”

 

Originally launched in 2018, Alpha is a commercially available hydrogen fuel cell bike. Riding just like an ordinary bicycle with additional electric support, it is designed to offer an eco-transport solution for private owners and commercial applications, such as public services, last-mile delivery, municipal bike schemes and corporate staff mobility.

 

Pragma Industries specialises in hydrogen fuel cell technology – developing and producing advanced power solutions for a range of industries, alongside innovative consumer products that utilise its proprietary fuel cell systems. AMS cylinders are in widespread use across a wide range of healthcare, emergency, breathing air, aviation, speciality gas and hydrogen fuel cell applications.

 

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