The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter from Suzuki Motor Corporation is the first fuel-cell vehicle in the world to earn Whole Vehicle Type Approval1 in the European Union. The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter made its debut at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009
. Suzuki and British company Intelligent Energy, which developed the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter’s fuel-cell system, have been jointly participating in trials since February 2010.
The trials are being conducted on public roads under the aegis of the British government’s Technology Strategy Board2. Specifically, a single Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter unit is being driven in the area around Loughborough University in central England.
Multiple units are expected to be added soon. Initially, it was necessary to acquire Single Vehicle Approval for each Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter unit to be used in the trials.
However, the recently obtained Whole Vehicle Type Approval (a pan-European endorsement reflecting recognition of the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter’s high levels of environmental performance and safety) indicates that Single Vehicle Approval is not necessary anymore.
Based on Suzuki’s city-friendly Burgman, the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter features a light, compact, air-cooled fuel cell and a hydrogen tank that’s placed inside the frame.
Electricity produced by the fuel cell powers a motor for propulsion. Water is the only emission. Suzuki is seeking to commercialize the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter as a motorcycle with superior environmental performance. Suzuki has set a goal to make eco-friendly fuel-cell scooters increasingly common in Europe as hydrogen filling stations and other necessary infrastructure are established as well.