Segway broadcasts ultra-futuristic Apex H2 hydrogen-powered bike
Segway-Ninebot has reasonably sensationally introduced that it is constructing a hydrogen gas cell sportsbike – and boy does this factor appear like it glitched its method out of Cyberpunk 2077, full with a extremely inconceivable steering design and an incredible worth.
This is what we all know to date: Segway has been enjoying with efficiency bikes a bit of bit these days to go along with its lineup of low cost electrical scooters, primarily offered in China. The Apex was announced in 2019, a barely gawky trying battery-electric “tremendous scooter” able to 125 mph (200 km/h), with full sportsbike fairings.
Now, there’s an Apex H2 coming, which is able to run a hydrogen-electric hybrid powertrain – gaseous hydrogen saved in tanks will probably be transformed into electrical vitality by means of a gas cell and fed right into a buffer battery, which is able to energy an electrical motor that drives the rear wheel in a roundabout way or one other – we won’t see whether or not there is a chain drive or a hub motor or what certainly is occurring in these renders. Sure, that is an exhaust port in entrance of the rear wheel, however all that’ll be popping out of it’s water vapor.
Segway has put the next figures on it: 60 kW (80 hp), which must be an honest sufficient little bit of poke, 150 km/h (~90 mph), which is a reasonably unexciting high velocity, and a sub-4 second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time that sounds about proper. The opposite key quantity right here is CN¥69,999 – the value, which interprets to about US$10,700 and appears insanely low cost for such a pioneering automobile.
A part of what makes this bike look so outrageously next-gen is its impolite lack of suspension forks. As an alternative, the entrance wheel appears to be like prefer it’s floating on air, due to a single-sided entrance swingarm and hidden monoshock association, to match the single-sided swingarm on the again. Each wheels seem to have a big cowl over the precise aspect.
It appears to be like completely wild, with the often-cumbersome steering system hidden away beneath the entrance fairings and the handlebars poking out of holes within the aspect of the “tank” part. It’s going to even be a ache within the bum to engineer, as a result of that entrance swingarm not solely must deal with suspension, however steering (which may get sloppy on these sorts of designs, with their a number of linkages) and braking, which wants to suit someplace too.
Nonetheless, if it comes out trying something like these renders, this factor will probably be a winner from day dot, even when there’s not a ton of fueling stations round but for hydrogen autos, relying on the place you reside. It simply appears to be like too rattling cool to not do effectively. Even the left hand aspect of the bike appears to be like fairly good.
And it will get us to pondering: may hydrogen bikes be a factor? Batteries appear destined to reign supreme within the passenger automobile market; lithium ion cells can get the job executed fairly effectively at this level, they usually stand to enhance sooner or later. However different forms of autos won’t ever work with batteries: long-haul electrical aviation and transport, for instance, want vitality storage methods that may flat out carry extra electrons, and in these markets, hydrogen appears to be like prefer it may discover a place.
However what about bikes? Properly, possibly there is a case for H2 on two wheels. Electrical bikes are already stellar commuting choices, however for sports activities and pleasure driving, most riders need one thing they will both software round on all day, or replenish rapidly at a gas station. Battery-electric bikes, ridden laborious, are inclined to run out of juice lengthy earlier than their gasoline brethren begin flashing their reserve lights, and never everybody needs to sit down round for an hour whereas their bike prices again up at some distant cost station.
Hydrogen has two benefits right here: it gives a lot greater vitality density than lithium batteries, and you may replenish your tank about as rapidly because the gasoline tank in your GSX-R, offered there is a hydrogen station close by. Leaving apart the truth that there’s most likely not at this level, an H2 bike ought to supply extra vary on a tank than most battery bikes on a cost, and allow you to replenish and hit the highway once more fast sensible.
Segway has not launched any tank dimension, weight or vary figures for the Apex H2. These will inform us a lot about how effectively the hydrogen tank, gas cell, buffer battery and diverse sundries bundle up in a motorbike body, and we’ll be capable to see how the burden is affected. These, plus an impression of how the factor is to stay with, will give us a good suggestion whether or not hydrogen has a future right here. Barring some spectacular leaps in battery efficiency, hydrogen could ultimately show a really helpful method of decarbonizing the sports activities and touring bike markets, leaving batteries to extra sensible each day commuting use.
Segway says it’s going to be launching a crowdfunding marketing campaign for these bikes, as soon as it is bought 99 orders to get began with – that is greatest I can inform from the extremely dodgy translation software I’ve had to make use of to get info out of Segways’ Chinese language web site. Deliveries are anticipated to start in 2023. Truthfully, at lower than 11K US for a motorbike so distinctive and placing, I am unable to say I am not tempted. Even when there’s nowhere I can fill it up, I kinda need it within the shed.