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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hydrogen-fueled Electric motorcycle

An Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp showcase their latest motorcycle technology in India Auto Expo 2014 some times ago. The electric motorcycle concept was used hydrogen fuel and given a name 'Hero iON'. This bike was arguably a new leap in the alternatives-powered motorcycle industry.
The Hero iON features electric wheel rim motors with hydrogen fuel cell range extender. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1zn5rHd)
The iON uses advanced lithium-air (Li-air) batteries and a hydrogen fuel extender with super capacitors to power the two-wheeler. In contrast to its brother, Hero Leap Hybrids that use lithium-air batteries. Lithium-air technology theoretically offers an energy density several times higher than conventional lithium-air, which is commonly used by most electric motors.
Right side view of Hero iON motorcycle concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1C8ttHT)
Hero Electric motors use hydrogen fuel has a minimalist design with single-seater and claimed to be very environmentally friendly. In a full battery condition, it able to run the vehicle up to as far as 180 miles or about 300 km and has a top speed of 99.4 mph (160 kph). And going from 0-62 mph (100 kph) in five seconds.
Rear side view of Hero iON motorcycle concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1C8ttHT)
The electric motor doubles up as a brake and delivers its power through a conventional tyre mounted to a less than conventional hubless magnetic wheel.

The bike does away with a normal twist-grip throttle and is fitted with trigger-like buttons fitted onto the handlebars. The controls feature ride-by-wire technology allowing the iON to integrate multiple onboard traffic-sensors and the VSA system (Variable Situational Awareness) to keep track of surrounding flow of traffic and collision detection.
Even steering the iON isn’t conventional, being fitted with ‘M-Link’ and ‘Flex Axis’ technology, the motorcycle is steered by rotating the front and rear wheel, and suspension system, for maximum road-holding and driver confidence. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VISORDOWN]
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