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Hydrogen powered TVS scooter within the works | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Leaked patent doc reveals that the hydrogen gas cell scooter may even get a battery pack.

With producers the world over more and more specializing in extra eco-friendly modes of transport, electrical automobiles are on the forefront of this inexperienced assault. TVS, nevertheless, has additionally chosen to dabble in one other type of clear mobility – a hydrogen-powered scooter – in line with a leaked patent doc.

Hydrogen powered TVS scooter additionally will get a battery pack

The picture within the patent reveals two hydrogen ‘gas’ canisters connected to the entrance downtube of the body, permitting for simpler entry. Each canisters are linked by way of a pipe, with a filler nozzle on the entrance apron. The gas cell stack, in the meantime, sits underneath the seat, the place you would possibly discover the battery on a traditional electrical scooter, making it straightforward to take away if required for servicing. 

This patent additionally reveals that this scooter includes a battery pack underneath the floorboard, the capability of which is at present unknown. This battery offers further efficiency on demand, and likewise shops vitality generated from deceleration or braking. The battery pack will also be recharged by the gas cell when energy calls for are decrease.

Whereas the patent doc is sparse by way of particulars concerning the motor, it’s prone to be a hub-mounted unit, much like the 4.4kW one within the current TVS iQube. Whereas the iQube is nice for a claimed 140km in its ST guise, earlier than stopping for a somewhat time-consuming recharge, a gas cell model could possibly be topped up in minutes from a hydrogen filling station.

How does a hydrogen gas cell work?

Like a battery, a gas cell has two electrodes, with an electrolyte membrane in between. The place it differs is, as a substitute of storing vitality, like a battery, and therefore needing to be recharged, a gas cell converts gas (on this case hydrogen) into electrical energy by reacting with oxygen from the air.

At present, there are solely two hydrogen filling stations in India, one at Indian Oil’s R&D Centre in Faridabad and one other one on the Nationwide Institute of Photo voltaic Vitality in Gurugram. Given the non-existent community of hydrogen gas stations in our nation, it’s unlikely that we’ll get a hydrogen-powered car anytime quickly.

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