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NCKU in Taiwan unveils hydrogen hybrid scooter

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan recently unveiled its first hydrogen-fueled electric hybrid scooter “Pegasus One”.

Overall range of the scooter will be more than 160 km (99 miles), said Dr. Wei-Hsiang Lai, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at NCKU.

Pegasus One. Click to enlarge.

Pegasus One is upgraded from the original electrical scooter to the current hybrid power system combining fuel cell and lithium battery. The vehicle added a 3-kW Ballard fuel cell and two 300-bar 6.8-liter hydrogen storage cylinders fabricated with carbon fiber reinforced plastics.

Increasing the storage pressure to 700 bar would extend the range to 300 km (186 miles), according to Dr. Lai.



Since the $90M hydrogen bus fleet did not work out in British Columbia, lets ease into it one person at a time.


Mexico City, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and a few dozen other large Asian cities should promote the use of these clean operation scooters to reduce unhealthy unbearable air pollution.

With 90 mile range the requirement to drive to a hydrogen filling station (available widely in emerging markets) would be so much more practical than plugging in at home or work. I'm sure that Ballard fuel cell and carbon fiber tank is cost competitive with batteries. A winning solution available now.


I am guessing that it is a student project. It looks like something that my students would build and needs some packaging and professional design work.

However, if the cost is comparable to a pure battery vehicle, it is probably a good thing but you do not typically need as much range in this type of vehicle.


The usual fantasies about how the heck you charge up a battery scooter in third world cities where many live way above street level aside, hydrogen or methanol fuel cell scooters can actually do the job.

No doubt many will be pleased to know that in the UK and Germany hydrogen buses are also hitting the streets.

They already ran that H2 bus experiment in BC Canada and are taking them off the streets after a $90,000,000 investment? Too expensive to operate on a per-mile basis.

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