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Intelligent Energy

The world’s first Fuel-cell Motorbike (ENV) is lightweight, streamlined and aerodynamic. Apart from the fact that it looks pretty good:

  • It can go much faster than any other electric bike
  • It reach 50 mph in an off-road environment
  • It is also virtually silent: noise emissions are equivalent to an everyday home computer
  • Its emissions are almost completely clean
  • It can last up to four hours without re-fuelling
  • It has no gears and requires no special skills to ride

Intelligent Energy is currently working on a hydrogen-creator. This will be able to produce hydrogen from fuels like bio-ethanol (derived, for example, from soya or sugar cane). This would be particularly appealing for remote communities and especially for the developing world. In these countries large power grids are simply not economically viable. The fuel cells will be easy to transport.


The bike’s primary frame and swinging arm are made from hollow-cast aircraft grade aluminium. To improve performance during peak power demand (ie, when accelerating), the fuel cell has a battery pack to provide a 6Kw peak load to the motor. The result is a balanced hybrid concept which combines the main advantages of Intelligent Energy’s CORE fuel cell, hydrogen storage and battery technology.

The Intelligent Energy CORE fuel cell is made with metal rather than the more common graphite plates. This means that the fuel cell is:

  • Easier to manufacture
  • Stronger
  • Smaller as metal plates can be made thinner compared to graphite plates

All this makes the CORE particularly attractive to the automotive industry, where space is always at a premium. Intelligent Energy has also patented a methodology to prevent corrosion from the constant contact to the water by-product, solving the only potential negative aspect associated with using metal.

Commuters will be able to use the hydrogen-fuelled bike to travel to and from work, drive to the countryside, detach the CORE and attach it to another vehicle, such as a motorboat, before going on to power a log cabin with the very same fuel cell. The cell can then be re-charged from a mini-hydrogen which is the size of a shoebox.