• Feb 26, 2010

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]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see this concept as any less or more useful than the "fuel cell" concepts that auto makers show at the auto shows every year, which is to say, totally useless.

      What's the point of saying it's "fuel cell" when it's not?

      They may as well have put a "fuel cell" sticker on the side of a real BMW motorcycle - it's no *less* of a lie than what the automakers do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      all i can say is that this is damn hot design. Is not all they way by BMW standards, but it looking cool.

      Thanks
      Ivan http://www.onlyhothotgirls.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, how do you turn right?

      Left for that matter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a nice lookin' bike. Riding aesthetics/aspects might be totally different though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Think of the side panels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DESIGN students too... this will never make it into production after it passes a couple engineers
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a STUDENT design and have nothing to do with BMW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are other front swing arm bike (ie vyrus) and they perform wonderfuly. The only issue with this concept is it seems to be lacking handlebars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nvm. Just watched the video.