Friday, October 30, 2020

Xiaomi electric scooter modded with hydrogen engine called HyRange

Two Dutch hydrogen pioneers have worked together with the Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen to develop a Hydrogen Range Extender. They call it the HyRange. Making it possible to run your electric scooter, bicycle or scooter longer on clean fuel. Giving the benefits of exhausting pure water and extending range, while having less impact on the environment.

The reason for the project is the energy transition facing the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Fossil fuels will make way for zero-emission alternatives and combustion engines will make way for electric engines.

The biggest challenge right now is still refueling hydrogen. “Since the infrastructure in the Netherlands is far from being able to make hydrogen widely available, we are still looking for an appropriate scalable solution there.”

Electric batteries are not the future

Most electric vehicles are supplied with electricity by batteries. The battery is charged via a charging station. Although this is better for the environment then fossil fuels, we can all agree that it has a number of drawbacks:

  • Relatively little energy can be taken along. ( +- 15km on an electric skateboard.. we want more!)
  • As a result, the vehicle has a less range and / or motor power compared to fossil-powered vehicles.
  • The battery often has to charge for hours.
  • The battery contains rare metals.

Advantages of hydrogen

In an electric vehicle with a range extender, the electric current mainly comes from a fuel cell. This cell converts hydrogen gas (H2) into electricity onboard the vehicle. Furthermore, only (pure) water is released during this conversion. A battery is not yet required for peak power and regenerative braking energy, but it is much smaller. By using the range extender:

  • Much more energy can be included because the energy in hydrogen is considerably more compact and lighter than the comparable amount of energy in batteries.
  • This allows the vehicle to have sufficient range and/or engine power, which is comparable to fossil-powered vehicles;
  • The hydrogen cylinder on board is charged in a few minutes;
  • A much smaller battery is needed, and perhaps not at all in the future;

Proof-of-Concept

As a Proof-of-Concept, they mounted the HyRange on a Xiaomi electric scooter. However, the HyRange is suitable for any 2-wheeled vehicle, from e-scooters to electric motorcycles. The project is still under development, and it looks very promising. Stay tuned via their (Dutch) website: https://allesoverwaterstof.nl/hyrange/

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Nelson is a writer for LooksDangerous and currently rides a Boosted Mini X, Exway X1 Pro and Segway ES2. Co-founder of dutch lobbygroup LegaalRijden, which focusses on legalizing ESK8 in the Netherlands.

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Lukas
7 months ago

Nice concept but I would say hydrogen makes sense only for big cars where you drive for hundereds of kilometers. Not for scooters. Jsut look at the bulk of added devices. If you make battery as big as everything I see on the photo you will get pretty big range as well. The main advantage is that you can easily scale the size of the hydrogen tank. But again – this makes sense only in big cars. As in scooters etc the majority of the volume you can take is already occupied by the “support stuff”

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Louis
7 months ago

This is a cool project, I have plenty of respect for it. I am also dropping a link for Real Engineering’s video on hydrogen vs electric cars. https://youtu.be/f7MzFfuNOtY

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Shashi
7 months ago

You choose to use a mi scooter, but then say a skateboard gives only 15kms. The mi scooter gives 30km and there is a slightly longer version too from memory https://www.mi-store.co.nz/product/FBC4003GL/Mi-Electric-Scooter-M365
Would be nice to have a range estimation of what this project does.
Also batteries may not be the future, but hydrogen by itself is not either. We need a combination of things to keep us sustainable

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