Honda might give us a motorcycle that will emit water
New patent documents show the possibility of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell powering future bikesby Sagar, on
If you can by any way refresh your memory, Honda had tied up with GM earlier this year to develop future mobility technologies. The resultant firm called Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC targets the introduction of a new fuel-cell system by the year 2020. It represents the auto industry’s first joint venture formed to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell systems.
Looks like they are already striking gold. According to the patent (US20170282748A1) images seen here, Honda is making use of the $85-million operation and will be introducing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered motorcycles in the coming future and will have a perimeter frame, telescopic forks, shaft drive and a fuel cell under the seat.
There has never been a better time to introduce zero-emission vehicles that cater to a larger mass of bikers and commuters alike. Honda has already introduced this technology onto the four-wheeled world with its Clarity car. Now, it hopes of getting the same technology onto the two-wheeled world as well.
The description of the patent document states: "The motorcycle includes a fuel cell that generates electric power based on a chemical reaction of oxygen in atmospheric air and hydrogen." The fuel cell itself is located inside a cowl/fairing that has air-intake ports on either side.
The bike carries a hydrogen fuel tank underneath the saddle that supplies the gas through the multiple fuel cell stack that mixes the pure hydrogen with atmospheric oxygen to generate electric current. The electricity generated is then used to power the electric motors and transmitted via a shaft drive to the rear.
While no official announcements have been made regarding having the Hydrogen Fuel-Cell and its tech making onto the production line, it is looking increasingly likely that they eventually will. All we can do now is wait for the next Tokyo Motor Show for more insights on this amazing new technology that can possibly see its way into future products from Honda and make our future safer than ever before.
Honda has also teamed up with Toyota and Nissan to create a network of hydrogen refueling stations across Japan. This will allow “simultaneously accelerate and scale up” of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Japan and slowly onto the world stage.