Signa’s fuel cell-powered bicycle paints a rosy picture for drop-in power stations

As you might have noticed, here at Deskarati we like unusual modes of transport, well here’s a novel concept — rather than rolling up to a recharge station in the year 2020, plugging your Chevy Volt in and reading the latest issue of Esquire while life passes you by, why not swap out a dead fuel cell for a fully rejuvenated one? We can’t say for sure the idea will catch on, but it’s certainly one that would save Earth-lovin’ motorists an awful lot of time. A little-known outfit by the name of Signa is to thank, as the company’s new fuel cell-powered bicycle operates using this scheme; riders simply pop in a recyclable 1.5 pound cartridge (where sodium silicide and water mix to create hydrogen power), toss on a pair of Ray-Bans and cruise for 20 to 30 miles. Once that runs out, you can either break out the pedal power or pop in a new cell — given the right infrastructure, this could one day be as simple as stopping to refuel. In reality, this new bike is just a way to show off the company’s technical aptitude, but we’re told that it is actually going on sale next summer for an undisclosed amount.

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