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Guy Procter  says:

First Ride: Suzuki hydrogen fuel cell powered Burgman

MCN’s Guy Procter has just finished riding Suzuki's hydrogen fuel cell powered Burgman. He phoned in his first impressions. "I've just got off the bike after a brief ride and I'm very impressed. It only makes about 11 or 12bhp which is slightly down on the 125 petrol version, but it happily cruised at 35mph. "The maximum range is given at 200...

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DrVibrafly

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DrVibrafly says:

Where do you refuel it?

The trouble with fuel cell technology is two fold, 1) nowhere sells the right fuel, 2) it takes more energy (and therefore resources) to produce the right grade of hydrogen than it does to produce petrol.  I think the more interesting 'green' prospect is Bio-fuels which require little change to the combustion engine (so you still get that lovely engine sound) and even though they produce carbon, this is almost totally offset by the plants when they're grown (as they soak up carbon dioxide).  The other option is pure electric, but then you have to ensure that the batteries are as carbon neutral as possible not to mention the power supply you are charging it from.  It's great if you're charging it from a grid powered by solar or wind energy, not so great if the power station burns coal.

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gjw1992

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gjw1992 says:

Deliver it with the milk

Until there is a real network of hydrogen fiklling stations, why not deliver it to petrol stations daily - just like milk and fresh food gets delivered? In easily changeable canisters similar to calor gas. In the early days of motor vehicles when petrol pumps were few and far between, buying cans of petrol was the way to stay fuelled up. Carrying a canister of hydrogen or replacing the one in the bike would be practical.

As for the high cost of production - money cost or energy cost - that will improve. Once there's demand for hydrogen, all those new windmills and wave power stations that are tricky to connect to the grid could produce hydogen instead - in the sea you've got a plentiful supply of H2O to start with..

 

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Biker4751

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Biker4751 says:

Hydrogen?

Since it crashed and burned in America you folks will be forgiven for not remembering the Hindenberg.

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stevyamy

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stevyamy says:

All due respect biker4751......that comparison is rather rediculous. A fuel cell is completely different to to an airship envelope. The fact that the hindenberg was coated with thermite certainly did not help.

Electric vehicles would be far to much of a burden on the power grid, hydrogen is the way forward, but only once  the companies have made as much money out of internal compustion as possible.

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mcrmike

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mcrmike says:

consumer choice decides

If you look back though history,with every new product comes variations,same with bikes. We had petrol,diesel,electric,bio-fuel,and now hydrogen as fuel sources. It is the job of scientists to invent the things,manufacturers to produce them for us,and our job as end users to decide what wins out in the end. If it sells, its OK, if it doesn't it joins the sinclair C5.What will you spend your money on?

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