The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter has become the world’s first fuel-cell vehicle to earn Whole Vehicle Type Approval in the European Union.
The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter debuted at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009. Since February 2010, Suzuki and British company Intelligent Energy, which developed the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter’s fuel-cell system, have been jointly participating in trials of the scooter on public roads under a Technology Strategy Board programme.
The trials are being conducted in the area around Loughborough University using a single Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter unit, although additional scooters are due to join the trial.
The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter is based on Suzuki’s city-friendly Burgman. It incorporates a light, compact, air-cooled fuel cell and a hydrogen tank that is positioned inside the frame. Electricity produced by the fuel cell powers a motor for propulsion; the only emission is water.
Suzuki is working toward commercializing the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter as a motorcycle. Suzuki aims to make fuel-cell scooters increasingly common in Europe in line with the establishment of hydrogen filling stations and other necessary infrastructure.