We’ve heard of cars featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology as Honda is collaborating with Toyota and Nissan in its development. Now RideApart has news of a fuel cell motorcycle that Honda has patented.
Perhaps this shift is influenced by Japan’s “Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.” This plan outlines the goals set forth by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, with the government aiming to put 40,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the streets and increase fueling stations to 160 by 2020. As no specific mode of transportation was mentioned, we could assume that said plan includes motorcycles as well. Thus the patents Honda filed for a fuel cell motorcycle.
No actual concept or production model has been seen, but we do have patent application drawings depicting what seems to be a sport bike. Fully faired, the hydrogen tank can be found under the seat and we can only assume that is fuel delivery system and motor located where one would usually find the gas tank and engine.
Of course until Honda actually produces a working model, we won’t know how viable hydrogen powered motorcycles will be on public roads and if it’ll be accepted by the riding public. Perhaps a hydrogen Rebel 3 will appear one day. Lets us know what you think about Honda’s new trajectory.