An electric cargo bike with a special hydrogen extender to double its range will soon find its way on the road. French Pragma Industries introduced the hydrogen e-bike already some years ago. In the Netherlands, Pragma is now cooperating with Urban Arrow and the Arnhem-Nijmegen Business school in the ‘Everything about Hydrogen’ Foundation to develop the HydroCargo.
The idea to develop a hydrogen cargo bike came from Arnhem city distributor ‘the Green Riders’. “They came up to us asking how to increase the range of their e-cargo bike,” says Frank Mietes of the ‘Everything about Hydrogen’ foundation, which carries out the HydroCargo project. “The Green Riders want to use the hydrogen cargo bike for their parcel delivery service in Arnhem; from light weight loads such as flowers to the more heaver cargo like books. They found us thanks to our experience with range extenders and hydrogen. We have already made a scooter on hydrogen as well as a stove, a barbecue and a hydrogen-powered drone.”
Frank Mietes briefly explains the technical features of the hydrogen cargo bike that will run in combination with a battery. “The extender mounted in the cargo bike consists of a bottle of hydrogen gas and a fuel cell that converts hydrogen gas and the oxygen in the air into electricity. The electricity generated by the system is used to drive the motor of the cargo bike. Depending on the terrain on which they ride the bike and the weight of the load we at least aim at doubling the number of kilometers compared to the regular electric version. This mean approximately 50 kilometers on a full charge of hydrogen.”