Meet Pegasus One, The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Scooter From Taiwan

DEC 17 2014 BY TDILLARD 7

The National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) has announced the successful test of its (soon-to-be-winner-of-the-InsideEVs-Silly-Scooter-Contest-of-2014) hydrogen fuel cell powered scooter, with a maiden voyage of 80 km.

Why a hydrogen fuel cell powered scooter, you may ask?  So may we.  Here’s a bit of an explanation:

Dr. Lai said, the “Pegasus One” is upgraded from the original electrical scooter to the current hybrid power combining fuel cell and lithium battery.

He also said, the overall vehicle structure is revised, especially its power and monitoring system. Fuel cell is added to enhance its range with multiplying electrical capacity by charging battery from fuel cell.

The vehicle has added a 3-kW Ballard fuel cell and two high pressure hydrogen storage cylinders to the vehicle to build a power system that runs by transmitting hydrogen energy to electricity via the fuel cell, according to Dr. Lai.

He also added, because the high efficiency of fuel cell as well as the clean energy of hydrogen, only water moisture is exhausted to the atmosphere, and it is almost zero emission vehicle with a high performance.

This concept is similar to the Toyota FCV, the hydrogen is supplied from two high pressure (up to 300 bar) bottle with 6.8 liter fabricated by carbon fiber reinforced plastics with safety approval, and the bottle of FCV is even as high as 700 bar, Dr. Lai said.

There’s a discussion on the comparisons between fuel cells and BEVs here on ChargedEVs.

Want to learn more about how fuel cells work?  Check out the Naked Science video here:

Cool though this project may be, and all good kudos go the the student team, this isn’t really new.  As far back as 2006, we first saw a hydrogen fuel cell powering the ENV H2 fuel-cell motorcycle:

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7 Comments on "Meet Pegasus One, The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Scooter From Taiwan"

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JakeY

Speaking of the Env, it’s been almost a decade since it was unveiled in 2005. So far I haven’t heard any news about it, so not sure what happened to it.

taser54

Crazy, isn’t it? I was ready to buy one. The only things I can think was that the home hydrogen generator was too expensive or that the fuel cell lifespan was not sufficient.

Brian Henderson

The most significant detail …
«the “Pegasus One” is upgraded from the original electrical scooter to the current hybrid power combining fuel cell and lithium battery.»

Unlike most FCEVs, this one is a hybrid PEV with an EREV mode using hydrogen … a 100% clean-air EV with great versatility.

Spec9

Can it fly? That I would buy.

John Hollenberg

Finally… a great application for fuel cells. I knew there had to be one.

Kaiser

Just another “compliance scooter” produced to appease big oil.

Priusmaniac

Rather non-sense to go even smaller since car size is already too small. Hydrogen only start to perhaps have a potential when the size get to long haul truck size and above because the capital cost of the storage battery increase faster than the cost of extra hydrogen tanks. It is exactly the opposite when you go smaller, the fuel cell cost proportion increase and the battery cost is at pair or even smaller then the high pressure tank.