The world's first swappable hydrogen cargo bike

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 November 2023
  • 12 Months
  • AESS
  • € 522,375

CTS H2 and One Less Van aim to develop and commercialise H2CargoBike. H2CargoBike will be the first cargo bike powered by a fuel cell hydrogen stack with swappable cylinder. The biggest competitive advantage of H2CargoBike will be its lightweight carbon fibre frame, allowing it to carry a payload of up to 300 kilograms. Additionally, the bike will be able to operate 8-10 hours aday, without the necessity of charging stops, due to the patented swappable cylinder technology. The project will demonstrate the advantages of adopting swappable H2 cylinders to reduce refuelling/recharging operation time and to assure a reliable and safe green hydrogen provision even in cities, such as Modena, Italy and San Sebastián, Spain; that do not yet offer a dedicated hydrogen refuelling station.


H2CargoBike aims to launch a new prototype moving toward a new hydrogen-electric vehicle era for city utility tasks. H2CargoBike also aims to increase the willingness of Smart Cities to embrace this technological transition.

Main Objective

H2CargoBike aims to demonstrate the benefit of using fuel cell hydrogen in electric cargo bikes for last mile delivery through its pilots in Modena, Italy and San Sebastián, Spain.


The activity will result in a SUM cargo-bike optimised fuel cell hydrogen stack that does not require H2 a refuelling station thanks to swappable cartridge system.



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