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Linde hydrogen fuel cell bike highlights electro-mobility

The Linde Group has unveiled an innovative pedal electric cycle (‘pedelec’), in which the battery usually found on e-bikes is replaced by a compact hydrogen fuel cell.

The highly efficient, zero-emissions drive system in the Linde H2 Bike supports assisted pedalling over a range of more than 100 km (60 miles) on a single 34 g (1.2 oz) cylinder of hydrogen. The specially developed fueling system means the cylinder can be refilled in less than six minutes.

It took Linde engineers less than three months to develop the project from the initial idea to a functioning prototype.

The H2 bike, which Linde will produce as a limited prototype series, runs on sustainable green hydrogen, obtained through water electrolysis using wind energy or by reforming biogas.

The carbon balance of the Linde H2 bike is therefore significantly lower than that of a regular pedelec, where the battery is charged using mixed power sources drawn from the German grid.

Linde is a hydrogen technology leader, with developments such as the ionic compressor for state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling stations. Linde is also participating in the newly launched Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) flagship project.

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