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Chinese regulators set safety standard for fuel cell motorcycles
Fuel Cells, Aug 03 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- The Chinese Ministry of Economic Affairs has announced a new safety and reliability standard for hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles, according to a report in the China Post.
Scooters produced by "some" manufacturers have already passed the standard and are ready for mass production, the ministry said.
The ministry is also working on a global standard for such vehicles, paving the way for future exports of hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles, it said.
30 hydrogen fuel cell scooters have completed an on-road test drive of 120,000 kilometres in cities, mountainous and seaside areas, which is the first on-road test for such vehicles in the world, says Chen Shi-Shuenn, president of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
He did not say explicitly but this sounds like the fuel cell scooters by Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd of Taiwan.
This company aims to provide a fuelling network using canisters containing metal hydride storage, and an empty canister can easily be refilled. The canisters weigh 4.4kg each, and 2 canisters can take the scooter 50km.
A canister holds 90g of hydrogen which costs 30 Taiwan dollars, or 1 US dollar.
The manufacturer promises that if 100,000 people buy the scooters by 2015, the price of each one will drop to USD 2,330 (70,000 Taiwan dollars).
The manufacturer targets markets in Taiwan, southeast mainland China and Southeast Asia, where the portion of people using motorcycles is substantial.