Taiwan’s NCKU unveils hydrogen hybrid scooter


National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan recently unveiled its first hydrogen-fueled electric hybrid scooter.

Overall range of the scooter will be more than 160 km (99 miles), said Dr. Wei-Hsiang Lai, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at NCKU.

Pegasus One is upgraded from the original electrical scooter to the current hybrid power system combining fuel cell and lithium battery. The vehicle added a 3-kW Ballard fuel cell and two 300-bar 6.8-liter hydrogen storage cylinders fabricated with carbon fiber reinforced plastics.

Increasing the storage pressure to 700 bar would extend the range to 300 km (186 miles), according to Dr. Lai.