World's First Purpose-Built Fuel Cell Motorbike Makes North American Debut

Environmentally Friendly, Whisper-Quiet Fuel Cell Motorbike Available to

Consumers as Early as 2006

Jun 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Intelligent Energy

    LOS ANGELES, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelligent Energy, a British
 energy-solutions company that is relocating to Los Angeles, today unveiled the
 world's first purpose-built fuel cell motorbike, ENV (Emissions Neutral
 Vehicle), at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif.  This
 sleek-looking, hydrogen-powered motorbike is the first designed specifically
 with fuel cell technology in mind.  The result is an innovative motorbike that
 emits only water vapors, making it an almost silent and completely
 nonpolluting vehicle.
      ENV, pronounced "envy," was engineered and purpose-built from the ground
 up, utilizing Intelligent Energy's world-renowned CORE, a radically compact
 and efficient fuel cell, in order to demonstrate the everyday applicability of
 fuel cell technology.  The CORE is detachable from the bike and is capable of
 powering anything from an ATV or a personal watercraft, to a small home.
     "The ENV offers an exhilarating glimpse of the clean-and-green lifestyle
 that can be achieved through fuel cell technology," said Intelligent Energy
 CEO Harry Bradbury.  "In the none-too-distant future, people will be able to
 use a bike like ENV to leave work in an urban environment, drive to the
 countryside, detach the CORE and attach it to another vehicle, such as a
 motorboat, before going on to power a log cabin with the very same fuel cell,
 which could then be recharged from a mini hydrogen creator the size of a
     The pre-production prototype ENV currently has a top speed of 50 mph and
 can be used for up to four hours before needing hydrogen "refueling."  These
 performance figures are significantly better than those of the electric bikes
 currently available.  Intelligent Energy created ENV as a light bike for
 everyday use by urban commuters and recreational off-road bikers alike:
 however, the fuel cell technology is inherently adaptable and can be used to
 produce a more powerful bike with performance and weight ratios analogous to
 traditional gasoline-powered motorcycles.
     When it came to the ENV's design, Intelligent Energy collaborated with
 Britain's influential and innovative Seymourpowell.  The 21-year-old,
 award-winning British design house has worked with many groundbreaking brands,
 such as Jaguar, BMW and Casio.  The result of the Intelligent
 Energy/Seymourpowell collaboration is the streamlined, lightweight ENV, which
 comes in two monochromatic colors:  Black Supergloss and Iridescent White.
     "The ENV is light, fast and fun," said Seymourpowell Director Nick Talbot.
 "It has good ground clearance, great off-road suspension travel and a very
 carefully considered power-to-weight ratio.  I have ridden motorbikes for
 years and, in the process of designing the bike, I have become a convert to
 fuel cell technology.  The bike is usable, useful and great looking.  It was
 important on this project to demonstrate that new technologies don't have to
 be wrapped up in a dull product -- engaging public imagination and enthusiasm
 is key."
     Public interest may also be heightened by another cutting-edge feature
 that differentiates the ENV from its counterparts: virtual silence.  Unlike
 vehicles powered by internal combustion engines and their noisy exhaust
 systems, the only sounds emitted from the CORE are from its cooling fan and
 the tires meeting the road or track, making ENV an almost completely silent
 vehicle.  ENV will come equipped with a warning bell or horn to warn
 pedestrians or other vehicles of its presence, although research indicates
 that visual signifiers such as lights are more important for road safety than
 noise alone.
     "ENV offers rural and city dwellers a future free from air and noise
 pollution," commented Harry Bradbury.  "And that's a really exciting thought."
     Intelligent Energy is currently in discussions with motorcycle
 manufacturers about production and distribution, and expects to bring ENV to
 market in 2006, which would make it the first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike
 available to consumers.  The company expects ENV to retail for around $6,000
 at low volume production, with the price set to come down at higher production
     "The launch of ENV breaks new ground and opens up a whole new field of
 opportunities for low- and high-power fuel cell motorbikes," commented Harry
 Bradbury.  "ENV and its successors will be good for the consumer and the
 environment.  This is a fun vehicle with a realistic role to play in the
 recreational environment, as well as a role in emissions reduction from Boston
 to Bangkok.  There has been much talk about low-carbon emission vehicles.
 Here is one at last."
     For additional information about ENV, visit
     About Intelligent Energy
     Intelligent Energy is an energy solutions company dedicated to developing
 new energy technologies, with a primary focus on commercializing energy
 services in hydrogen generation, fuel storage and power generation using
 Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells.  Founded in August 2001, the
 company has a vision for the future in which hydrogen and fuel cell technology
 provide the power sources that we use in everyday life -- from motorboats and
 homes to modes of transportation.
     Based in London and Loughborough, England, with offices in Long Beach,
 Calif., Albuquerque, N.M., and Johannesburg, South Africa, Intelligent Energy
 will relocate its headquarters to Los Angeles in the summer of 2005.  For more
 information on Intelligent Energy, visit
     About Seymourpowell
     Seymourpowell is one of the world's most celebrated product-design
 consultancies, with a client list including world-famous brands such as Nokia,
 Minolta and Hewlett-Packard.  The 21-year-old London-based company boasts an
 impressive track record, due to its successful design of innovative consumer
 products for international markets.  Seymourpowell has won a number of design
 awards over the years and has also been featured across a wide range of media
 all over the world.  For additional information about Seymourpowell, visit
      For more information:
      Elizabeth Owen
      PainePR for Intelligent Energy
      (949) 809-6734

SOURCE Intelligent Energy