You never really hear much about Siemens anymore. Back in the early ’00s they made mobile phones. Not as good as the legendary Nokia 3210. More like mobile phones your mum would have. Now it looks like they’re turning their attention to electric vehicles.
Siemens teamed up with the University of Cranfield to prepare the bike for the festival, and immediately the people working on the project at Cranfield were able to reduce the weight of the machine by almost 80kg. And that was just by using a more modern battery.
Siemens haven’t released any details about the performance of the Orange County Chopper-style bike, and I doubt Siemens will actually be building production electric vehicles any time soon. But they are serious about zero emission technology.
They used the festival to show off their hydrogen fuel cell technology, which they say could be used to power festivals of the future, and to charge electric vehicles. Which should silence the anti-EV crowd that always say; ‘BuT wHeRe DoEs ThE eLeCtRiCiTy ThAt ChArGeS yOuR cAr CoMe FrOm?!’ *smug face*
Siemens claim just one hydrogen cell from their charging station can provide 150kW of power. For comparison, Tesla’s supercharger provides 120kW of power to fully charge their cars in 75 minutes.
Siemens reckon a network of their hydrogen charging stations could be the answer to the current lack of EV infrastructure in the UK. The tech company say the public are adopting electric vehicles quicker than predicted, and 40% of UK households don’t have access to private parking.
I’m not sold on Siemens’ eChopper, but I am sold on the idea of renewable charging stations in car parks up and down the UK.
For those of you who have never heard of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, here’s a quick explainer. A very rich person owns a big house with a massive driveway. Once a year that driveway is turned into a hillclimb course for all sorts of amazing and crazy vehicles, and this year the Siemens eChopper (terrible name) was one of those vehicles.
Fun fact. This article took much longer to write than it should have. After that intro paragraph I went down the rabbit hole of early 2000s mobile phones. Man, phone designers weren’t afraid back then. Just look at the Nokia 7600.