The Fuel Cell Power Pack (FCPP) developed by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is a novel system specifically design for electric cargo bikes. It has twice the range and durability of comparable battery-electric pedelec systems, the researchers say.
The Fuel Cell Power Pack (FCPP) is a development for now and DLR is planning to form a technology spin off to commercialise the technology.
The choice of cargo e-bikes is to position the system as a competitor to intracity logistics and to potentially replace cars and vans on the last mile.
The system works like a hybrid as it combines a fuel cell with a small Li-ion battery. The FCPP charges the battery during acceleration or peak demand and bears 300 – 500 Watt.
Attention has been paid to operation in freezing temperatures with a module that pre-heats the FCPP.
The system is modular and can be applied to various cargo bikes.
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