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UK's Valeswood Debuts Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bicycle

Powered by a 24v Pearl fuel cell, Valeswood claims it can reach speeds of up to 25km/h and go 100km without refuelling.

Published: 13-Nov-2007

Birmingham-based environmental technology company Valeswood has released a hydrogen fuel-cell powered bicycle called the Pearl, which you don't need a licence or insurance to ride on the roads. The bike is a tiny commuter, with 20in wheels and a folding frame.

Powered by a 24v Pearl fuel cell, Valeswood claims it can reach speeds of up to 25km/h and go 100km without refuelling. For those who prefer the option of getting a bit of exercise, pedals are also included so the Pearl can be ridden like a normal bike. We wouldn't count on getting up much speed under human power though -- thanks to the fuel cells the Pearl comes in at a hefty 32kg.

"It folds in half and will fit neatly in the boot of an average estate car without folding down the rear seat," says the Valeswood website. "As with all our bikes it is EU-compliant and does not need insurance or a licence for road use."

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