- Feb 26, 2010
Video: Design students create a fuel cell powered BMW bike
BMW fuel cell motorcycle design concept - Click above for image gallery
Like many other automakers, BMW has expended plenty of research and development on hydrogen fuels. But unlike every other automaker, BMW has focused on liquid hydrogen with internal combustion engines. A group of design students at ISD of Valenciennes, France felt no such constraints in their latest project.
They've created a BMW badged motorcycle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with a lithium polymer battery for electrical energy storage. Hydrogen is stored in a 20-liter cryogenic tank mounted where the engine would normally sit, with a suspension consisting of single-sided swing arms front and rear. Propulsion comes via a shaft drive system from the 100 kilowatt motor.
At this point, the bike doesn't physically exist, but it looks really cool in the video after the jump. A tip of the hat to Radhika!
[Source: Yanko Design]