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New electric motorbike makes successful test run

New electric motorbike makes successful test run

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) A motorcycle equipped with an innovative power supply system that combines hydrogen and a lithium battery made its maiden trial run in southern Taiwan Monday, according to its developer, who branded the experiment a success. The motorbike, named "Fei Ma (Pegasus) No. 1," was developed and fabricated by a research team led by Lai Wei-hsiang, a professor in aeronautics and astronautics at National Cheng Kung University, in cooperation with local enterprises, the school said. The vehicle has been converted from a conventional electric motorbike with a lithium battery system, according to Lai's team, which explained that it has added a 3-kW fuel cell on hydrogen and two compressed hydrogen storage cylinders to the vehicle to build a power system that runs by transmitting hydrogen energy to the fuel cell. The fuel cell then supplies power to the lithium battery, which in turn powers the engine, activating the motorbike, the research team said, touting that this integrated power supply system prolongs the battery's lifespan and gives the vehicle high endurance. It assessed that running at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour, the overall range of the "Fei Ma No. 1" will reach more than 160 km. During its test run, the motorbike easily completed a round-trip drive of over 80 km between Kaohsiung's Alian District and Tainan's Hsinhua District, Cheng Kung University said. (By Chang Jung-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)