March 18, 2005

Fuel cell motorcycle: silence isn’t golden

London, England – A fuel-cell motorcycle prototype produced by Intelligent Energy gets great mileage and produces no emissions – and no sound, which its inventors say will have to be added in.

The Emissions Neutral Vehicle, powered by a high pressure hydrogen fuel cell, produces a noise equivalent to that of a computer fan. That could make it unpopular with consumers, who expect the noise of a gasoline-powered engine, and could prove dangerous on city streets as other drivers and pedestrians may not be aware of its presence.

The motorcycle, which has no gears, can reach speeds of 80 km/hr, while its briefcase-sized fuel cell can travel 161 km before it needs to be refuelled.

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