Suzuki, Intelligent Energy Roll Out Hydrogen Fuel Cell Scooter
Loughborough - Intelligent Energy, the leading clean power systems company, and the Suzuki Motor Corporation today jointly unveiled the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter in London's Living Room, City Hall, London.
First presented at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the city friendly Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter builds upon the success of the Crosscage fuel cell motorbike unveiled in 2007. The Fuel Cell Burgman takes the next step towards offering cleaner, more efficient motorcycles in a practical and accessible form with the potential to significantly reduce emissions around the world.
Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership and London's Deputy Mayor for policing, Kit Malthouse, who opened the event at London's City Hall, said, "I am incredibly excited by the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter. It's a fantastic piece of kit which shows how we can combat climate change without all having to wear hairshirts. This scooter, which produces nothing but water, is a triumph of human ingenuity. I hope Londoners will dump their 20th century motorcycles and buy one built for the 21st century."
The scooter is equipped with the latest version of Intelligent Energy's unique and proprietary air-cooled, clean fuel cell power systems and is fuelled from a cylinder of hydrogen, which can be re-fuelled in a few minutes and gives a riding range of 350km comparable to a conventional Burgman scooter.
"The zero-emissions Fuel Cell Burgman scooter is the latest product of the successful commercial relationship between Suzuki and Intelligent Energy", commented Dr. Henri Winand, CEO at Intelligent Energy. "Clean fuel cell engine powered motorcycles are designed for the real world and can be widely available to a large global market in the near future. Fuel cell vehicles in general have entered a period of fleet tests, and our two companies will soon be releasing details of the first public road testing and demonstration of the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooters, which will begin in the UK later this year."
The first public road tests of the Suzuki Burgman will be conducted initially at Loughborough. These will be extended to controlled fleet tests in cities such as London, where zero emission vehicles such as a fuel cell scooter have the greatest initial potential.
About Intelligent Energy
Intelligent Energy is a clean power systems company, with a range of leading fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies. The company is focused on the provision of cleaner power and low carbon technologies. Intelligent Energy partners with leading companies globally, in the transportation, oil and gas, aerospace, defence, distributed generation and portable power markets. Current partners and customers include Scottish & Southern Energy plc with whom the company has formed a joint venture to commercialise fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) systems, and The Suzuki Motor Corporation. Intelligent Energy's successes in recent years include the development of the world's first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike and supplying the fuel cell system to Boeing which powered the world's first manned fuel cell aircraft. The company also recently supplied Airbus with a multi-functional fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU) aimed at on-board power and other loads in future commercial airliners.
About the Suzuki Motor Corporation:
The Suzuki Motor Corporation is one of the rare manufacturers in the world to produce both motorcycles and automobiles. The company designs and manufactures passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs and outboard motors. Its motorcycle products range from scooters to large motorcycles to meet the diverse demands of its customers around the world. Suzuki's automobile business has a large share of the Japanese mini car market and develops a range of unique products such as SUVs and mini-vans for the global market, focusing on the compact car market in response to increasing concerns for the good of the environment.
The company vigorously promotes technical cooperation through numerous joint ventures overseas and its main production facilities are located in 22 countries and regions around the world, enabling Suzuki to operate as a global organization serving 196 countries and regions.
Greater London Authority:
Later this year, Transport for London will introduce five zero-polluting hydrogen buses on the capital's streets. The London Hydrogen Partnership is pushing to expand the capital's use of hydrogen technology to provide cleaner fuel for transport and greener energy to heat homes and businesses. For more information, visit: www.london.gov.uk/lhp/
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