At the VivaTech 2019 show where the mobility of tomorrow is one of the Flagship topics, Alain Colle Commercial Director ENGIE Cofely and President of ENGIE Cofely H2 France and Pierre Forté, CEO of Pragma Industries signed a commercial partnership for 200 hydrogen bicycles.
Made in Biarritz by the start-up Pragma Industries, these bikes come equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, the Alpha bikes have a range of over 100 km and recharge less than 3 minutes.
Through this commercial partnership, ENGIE Cofely and Pragma Industries wish to launch the hydrogen cycling industry in France. Several communities and businesses have and already showed interest in getting these bikes on their respective territories.
These bikes can meet different uses: eco-tourism, professional fleet or in an urban self-service system.
As the first company to build a fleet of commercial hydrogen vehicles for its employees as of 2017, ENGIE Cofely confirms its commitment to green hydrogen mobility through this acquisition.
“ENGIE Cofely wants to actively participate in the launch of the cycling industry hydrogen through this industrial and commercial partnership with the French start-up Pragma Industries. This sector completes the French ecosystem of hydrogen, to support ever more carbon-free mobility “, said, Alain Colle, Director commercial ENGIE Cofely and president of ENGIE Cofely H2 France.
“Thanks to this strategic drive and the involvement of ENGIE Cofely in this project, Pragma Industries will be able to demonstrate the relevance of light mobility to hydrogen in an international context and pass an industrial milestone. To date, our hydrogen bike is the most affordable and accessible H2 mobility solution to the greatest number. I am very happy that ENGIE Cofely is joining Pragma Industries around a vision and a common ambition: to democratize hydrogen”
A first release on the occasion of the G7 summit From August 24 to 26, Biarritz will be the host city of the G7 summit. In the part of an ENGIE sponsorship for this event, the hydrogen bikes just manufactured will be made available to accredited journalists to travel on the different areas of the event.
This project is supported by the New Aquitaine Region both for its industrial aspect local only to support the development and use of these bikes after the summit G7 in the region. As such, PRAGMA Industries and ENGIE Cofely are working on and already with the economic and public actors of the Agglomeration Community from the Basque Country so that these bikes can stay there after the summit.