French company, Pragma Mobility has introduced the first ever Hydrogen E-Bike named as Alpha Neo.
Enrico Punsalag electric bicycles are quite common and found everywhere in fact, they can be found at the nearest bicycle retailers. However Electric Bike holds a significant importance that would be of great help for the personal mobility in near future, but the only existing drawbacks are their lengthy charging time and the range anxiety that accompanies them. Now, hydrogen power has been introduced for quite a while ago, but it is rarely seen being incorporated in Bike technology.
Considering the price of newly introduced E-bike Alpha Neo by Pragma mobility, it retails for 5,690 Euros, however the company is offering long term rental plan starting from 79 Euros per month.
Currently the hydrogen supply available at filling stations is being produced from coal or gas, however, as more green hydrogen projects based on the renewable energy are getting into the market Pragma is planning to introduce local or home based green hydrogen production to meet the supply as a part of its future plan.
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French E-mobility specialist Pragma is already into making of hydrogen powered bikes for quite some time. Furthermore, its new addition of E-Bikes Alpha Neo has a design of very much standard electric assist bicycle, but it has a hydrogen fuel cell which, according to Pragma mobility, can be refuelled under two minutes.
As a reward for spending a couple of minutes topping up the tank, riders can look forward to more than 90 miles (150 km) of range. The rear wheel is home to a 250-W geared hub motor that peaks at 350-W, and then there are five levels of torque-sensing pedal assist available up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph), in line with current European regulations.
The Hydrogen based E-Bicycle Alpha Neo weighs around 30 km (66lb) all-in and comes with a rear luggage rack included. It rolls around 27.5 inch wheels wrapped in 2 inch reinforced tires. It has a hydraulic disk brakes, integrated LED lighting, wheel lock, fenders and a double kick stand.
The point of concern is that smooth operation of the E-bicycle is dependent on the hydrogen fuel infrastructure, and not all countries have the existing hydrogen refuelling stations. However, in the countries with existing infrastructure the E-bike Alpha Neo would be a game changer.
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Pragma mobility aims to kick start the production by 200 bikes in June 2023 followed by the production of 800 bikes by the end of the year. Fuel-cell trikes and scooters are also under production.