Nearly a year ago, we first laid eyes on a
from the Shanghai Pearl Hydrogen Power Source Technology Company. Although the machine had, um... questionable aesthetics, we were impressed by its 60-mile range at 15 miles per hour and relatively low $2,600 price tag. According to a report on
, 30 of the hydrogen-fed units have already been exported. By 2011, the Chinese manufacturer hopes to be building 1,000 units per year for sale both in
and abroad. Considering that many electric two-wheelers already cost more than the hydrogen-powered ebike from Shanghai, there could be a real market for these vehicles, though the
fueling infrastructure is most definitely still in its infancy.
Other brands, such as
and Intelligent Energy, have plans to introduce hydrogen-powered
cycles of their own. Both the
, though, would surely cost significantly more than their Chinese counterparts.
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