South African Post Office testing hydrogen-powered scooters
In addition to plans to introduce the technology to municipal bus fleets, the Department of Transport said that it had also begun trialling hydrogen technology in a number of ‘demonstration projects’ to showcase how the technology can make an impact in a number of sectors.
This includes a new trial of hydrogen-powered scooters at the South African Post Office.
“Battery electric scooters tend to encounter challenges associated with range limitations, particularly in areas where the terrain is bad,” the Department of Transport said.
“In such instances, hydrogen fuel cells could be used to extend the range of these scooters and increase productivity.
“A project of this nature is currently underway through a collaboration between HySA and the South African Post Office (SAPO), with funding from the Department of Science and Technology.
“At least three battery electric scooters will have their range extended using hydrogen fuel cells with the onboard hydrogen stored in containers using metal hydride hydrogen storage material developed through the HySA Programme.
|SA Post Office testing hydrogen-powered scooters
South Africa is currently working on a number of new transport technologies as it slowly moves away from petrol and diesel-based engines.