Fuel Cell Today. Intelligent Energy unveiled its new ENV (Emissions Neutral Vehicle) prototype fuel-cell motorcycle yesterday in London.
The ENV bike is based around Intelligent Energy’s 1 kW CORE fuel cell. To improve performance during spikes in power demand (i.e., acceleration), the fuel cell is hybridized with a lead acid battery pack to provide 6kW peak load to the motor.
The CORE is completely detachable from the bike, and is capable of powering anything from a motorboat to a small domestic property.
The bike has a top speed of 50 mph and a projected range of at least 100 miles (160 km). Acceleration is leisurely: 0–30 mph in 7.3 seconds, 0–50 mph in 12.1 seconds.
The bike’s primary frame and swinging arm are made from hollow-cast aircraft grade aluminum.
Intelligent Energy formed in 2001 and set about acquiring three other companies that became the building blocks of its business. (Earlier post.) Those companies were:
- Advanced Power Sources, a UK PEM fuel cells research and development company
- Element One Enterprises, US-based hydrogen fuel experts
- MesoFuel, a New Mexico company that develops micro-devices for the conversion of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons into pure hydrogen for storage and use in PEM and other fuel cells.
On the PEM side, Intelligent Energy claimed to have a unique stack architecture that is simpler and thus easier to build, offering a range of power outputs.
Sounds like that’s what they have implemented in the ENV.
Honda has just begun selling its hydrogen fuel-cell scooter, as well as a gasoline-electric hybrid scooter, in Vietnam. (Car Buyer’s Notebook)