Touring the Savoy on a hydrogen bike

After a record-breaking driving a hydrogen-powered car, the director of the Val Thorens circuit (Savoy*) travelled across the region on a bicycle to promote this low-carbon mode of transport.

In September 2021, Hyundai did a road show with its Nexo in the cities of Chambéry, Grenoble, Lyon, Saint Etienne and Clermont-Ferrand, before ending up in Val Thorens to set an endurance record (6 hours on an ice circuit). Crédit Agricole, a French international banking group, which had been a partner** of the event, decided to take up a new challenge: to rally these 5 cities with an electric bike running on hydrogen.

The town of Brides les Bains, in Savoy, used a bike supplied by Pragma. The first stage took place on Wednesday 28thSeptember between Grenoble, Chambéry and Lyon on a distance of approximately 160 km. The second stage started in Saint Etienne the following day and finished in Clermont Ferrand over a distance of approximately 140 km. Olivier Pignon, the director of the Val Thorens ice circuit, was the one who rode this loop.

*A French department bordering Switzerland and Italy.

**In association with the Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region, Hympulsion, Michelin, HRS, SATM / Vicat and Val Thorens. 

Article written by Laurent Meillaud, translated by Logan King and reviewed by Marina Leite.

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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