Back in 2015, a Chinese company called Ninebot purchased Segway. Yes, that Segway. The one that produced the self-balancing mall conveyances. And they are now working on other personal mobility vehicles. One of those vehicles is causing a bit of a stir. It’s a hydrogen-powered concept motorcycle called the Segway-Ninebot (Segway) Apex H2.
It is Segway’s latest vision for two-wheel transportation solutions. What sets the Segway Apex H2 apart from other electrically powered motorcycles are its hydrogen fuel cells.
Segway first introduced the Apex concept in 2019. Meeting some skepticism, Segway later showed off the bike riding around on a closed circuit. And it was still met with skepticism, particularly for the way it was ridden around the track. And now, it seems that the Apex H2 concept is a follow-on to the original Apex.
Apex H2 different
The Apex H2 concept is significantly different than the original Apex. The Apex didn’t use hydrogen. In addition, the original Apex sported a conventional suspension configuration. The new H2 brings a completely different setup.
Instead of a twin fork tube and conventional swingarm, the Apex H2 uses twin single-sided swingarms. The new concept is quite “Tron” looking.
Segway says that the bike’s motor will provide about 80 hp. It will is able to go from 0-60 MPH in less than four seconds and has a top speed of 93 MPH (150 km/h). Unfortunately, they say nothing about its range or the time it will take to swap out the hydrogen fuel cells.
The details on how the hydrogen powers the machines are quite slim. Some reports say that the bike will be a hybrid with an internal combustion engine supplying power to the batteries. Other reports say that the hydrogen inside the fuel cells is somehow converted into electrical power. Let’s just say that the power details are “sketchy”.
Interestingly, Segway says that the Apex H2 will be ready for production in 2023. They even go so far as to set pricing. In the U.S., the Apex H2 will be priced at $10,700.
With the available data, my BS meter is just about pinging off the upper end of its range. What do you think about hydrogen power for motorcycles? Let us know in the comments below.
All image credit: Segway-Ninebot