Cars and bikes have been around for so long, it’s easy to underestimate just how much their design is centered around and determined by the ubiquitous big bulky internal combustion engines. With the advent of fuel cell technology however, this design requirement is negated and new ideas can surface.

Northumbria University graduate Sam Jilbert utilises this potential for a radically revised mechanical layout.

Now, interesting concepts can be created by placing or moulding the hydrogen power-plant components in unusual and previously unfeasible forms.

To prove his point, Sam redesigned the venerable Honda Cub. He did a nice looking job too, if you ask me.

Of course, this being the work of a design graduate, it’s physical existence is limited to the imaginings of Sam Jilbert, and even perhaps a clay model. Nevertheless, the concept is exciting and opens the door for a bright future of possibilities, where perhaps we can wear the engine on our helmets and such.

Check out the website. Story VIA Yanko Design.


  1. I think this is a deadly idea ! infact this could be the Polo bikes ( city bikes ) of the Future …hope to soon see these kind of bikes on the roads soon .