Suzuki Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter Obtains WVTA Approval

Suzuki and Intelligent Energy and have announced that the jointly developed Suzuki Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter has obtained Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) – the first time any fuel cell vehicle has achieved this level of certification.

WVTA qualifies the Suzuki Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter design as safe to use on public roads without having to be inspected and tested individually, and brings zero emission motorcycles a step closer to becoming commercially available.

The Suzuki Burgman Fuel-Cell 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 (217 miles) comparable to a conventional Burgman scooter.

First exhibited at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009, the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter has been participating in a UK public road testing program run by Intelligent Energy and supported by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board.

The Suzuki Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter design has now met with specified EU performance standards meaning that the vehicle and its components are approved for production and sale within Europe.

The Suzuki Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter was jointly launched in Europe at London’s City Hall in February 2010.

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  • Nick Bell

    It’s good that the scooter has a range comparable to the petrol version, because half the fuel will be used trying to find somewhere to fill up with hydrogen.

    But besides that, hydrogen production uses massive amounts of fossil fuel energy to produce, so as things are today in a whole life cycle analysis this vehicle is little better, and probably a worse, option than petrol in terms of CO2 emissions and should certainly not be described as zero emissions. All it does is reduces exhaust emissions in built-up areas.