Let's go! African hydrogen bike cycles to the future

A hydrogen-powered electric bicycle prototype has been developed by South African researchers

Known as A Hi Fambeni (“Let’s go” in Tsonga), the bicycle contains fuels cells that create a clean source of power by combining oxygen and heat.

The South Africa government’s Department of Science and Technology has signed a deal with the US-based Altergy Systems Corporation to set up a fuel-cell manufacturing facility in the country.

At the unveiling of the bike, minister Naledi Pandor said: “The bike will inspire invention and innovation among young South Africans.”

Explaining that climate change threatened the global economy, he pointed to the billion-dollar research industry focused on environment friendly modes of transportation. “The growth in the number of electric bikes in China has been spectacular … in 1998 there were a mere 400,000 electric bikes … in 2008 there were 21 million.”

The bike has been developed at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Hydrogen South Africa (HySA).

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