Sources: XinHua website
Reporter: Yu Lihong
International Science & Technology Cooperation Website
also reported this news.
The first fuel cell powered electric bicycle in China
has been introduced to the market today in Shanghai.
Mass production is soon to start. The e-bike is jointly
developed by US-based Powerzinc Electric, Inc. and Shanghai
Green Light Electric Bicycle Co., Ltd.
The e-bike is powered by zinc-air fuel cell. The technology
utilizes zinc oxide produced from oxidation to convert
chemical energy to electric energy. With zinc-air fuel
cell as power supply, the e-bike produces zero emission.
The specific energy of the fuel cell for this particular
application can reach up to 200 W/Kg. Under a consistent
voltage, it is capable of powering the bike for over
200 Km range. That¡¯s 4 or 5 times what lead acid battery
E-bike is considered a new industry and it is fast
growing in China. Statistics show that the nation¡¯s
annual e-bike production in 2001 is 400,000 units and
it is expected to reach 900,000 units this year. The
demand on e-bikes in the eastern region of China alone
keeps at 22% pace of increase annually. The majority
of the e-bikes in the market are powered by lead acid
batteries. But lead acid batteries contain heavy metal
lead. It causes certain degree of pollution during disposal.