Suzuki Fuel Cell Burgman Ash On Bikes

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Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept

Suzuki Fuel Cell

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As with so much else to do climate change, the story presented about electric two is rather one-sided.

There`s of course: an electric motor can the wheel directly so there`s no for a gearbox, clutch or auto or much maintenance either. It its peak torque when not moving, which is ideal for away, it`s quiet and powered by batteries the vehicle`s are zero.

Those are the facts you the most, but battery-powered vehicles failed to take off to date those batteries are very and use a lot of space — even of a problem with bikes and than in cars — can take all night to be recharged and the range is obstructively small. also cost a lot of money best known electric the Vectrix, cost some until the company went and its range was about 40 miles) and the use rare natural resources.

deceptive anyway to claim electric vehicles are zero transport. Okay, the scooters might be, but the power to charge the has to come from somewhere, and in the UK 72 per cent of our electricity being in fossil fuel power they can hardly claim to be neutral.

This in itself only to those who believe combustion are contributing to global warming (or vested interests in the idea), just recently in the UK has become a (54 per cent are now sceptical, according to a for The Daily Telegraph) after a of scandals and deceits involving change scientists. There`s no though that fossil are a finite resource and we do need to finding alternatives before begin to run out. Which electricity as the only, er, current means either overcoming the associated with battery or putting up with them.

doesn`t see batteries as a practical which is why it`s developing a fuel cell and battery drive train, in conjunction British fuel cell Intelligent Energy. The Burgman I is a development of the Crosscage concept first seen at the 2007 Show (also developed Intelligent Energy), and it seeks to exactly the issues which held back battery namely range and recharge

On this prototype Burgman the fuel is stored under in a 12 litre composite tank the footboard, then piped up to the cell beneath the seat. generates electricity, producing water vapour as the waste There`s also a lithium which chimes in to help the scooter under acceleration, is recharged by the fuel cell the loads are less, such as at a steady speed.

Further comes from regenerative using the electric motor as a when the scooter`s slowing

Intelligent Energy`s development is working on balancing the relative of the battery and fuel cell to consistent performance without the running flat in normal At the moment the cell produces 2kW and the 6kW, a total which in familiar terms comes to 11bhp, 125cc territory. But the weight and volume of the system battery, fuel cell, motor and so on — are similar to of the 125cc Burgman whose they are trying to emulate.

One problem is hydrogen leakage. molecules are so small they through fuel tank even steel ones, a scooter left for long could be empty when you back to it. IE`s Dr Damian says the leakage rate is 5cc per per hour, or 60cc per hour the Burgman`s 12 litre tank.

60cc at atmospheric pressure tank is at a much higher so according to Dr Davies while you notice the fuel gauge had after a couple of weeks of left, it would take longer to lose all the hydrogen. If is factored in as an efficiency loss, the cell is still far more efficient within the vehicle a petrol engine.

Importantly, aim to impose no changes of habits on users — meaning range and refuelling times appear to be viable. Filling hydrogen takes a comparable to refuelling a petrol scooter, and not difficult. A nozzle connects to the and a second earthing clamp to static-generated sparks, then the is filled automatically.

This takes around the time of a normal refuel, but a matter of minutes, enough to up a ciggie, although that`s not

Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept

At this stage the range is less convincing, as they say it cover 200 miles (320km) at (30kph). This is unrealistic, though it was cited as a typical speed, as economy is worse in than on open roads, not due to constant acceleration and braking, and you couldn`t maintain a steady on open roads. Even so, a similar to a petrol scooter be possible without needing an large hydrogen tank, and it will be far better than a scooter`s.

Riding the machine is disappointingly undramatic, despite the and unfamiliar new technology. But that`s how IE and Suzuki want it to be. To `start` the turn the ignition key in the usual and a quiet background whirr as the hydrogen begins to flow. a helmet on you can`t really it. Next, turn the twistgrip and the moves smoothly forward, a conventional scooter without the sound.

It`s a little too gentle with a 125, but this is due to the control of the motor and it could be made more brisk off the Then it accelerates and will easily at 30mph (50kph). was insufficient space to test top but the prototype should reach (80kph) and a production version 60mph (95kph).

The water coming out of the back might be on cold days, otherwise you see it, although you can feel some with a bare hand. else is standard scooter, braking and handling which no different — overall prototype weighs little than a petrol Burgman If there`s a problem it`s which is arising regularly electric vehicles: it can be too quiet.

In the term with enough of around people will get to near-silent vehicles, meanwhile a constant danger of pedestrians out without looking properly, as can`t hear anything.

The issue is refuelling, or more where to refuel. Hydrogen points are rare novelties at the There`s one in Loughborough University, the demonstration took place, but Johnson says London have six by 2012, and with a of major corporations together for a hydrogen commercialisation roll-out for these numbers will to increase dramatically as that approaches.

No need to fear the process if you do find a pump. A nozzle to the scooter, and an electrical earthing to prevent static-generated sparks, the tank is filled automatically. As for Suzuki says it would a hydrogen Burgman to come at a premium over a stock 125, ie, it would cost but not a silly amount extra.

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Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept
Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept
Suzuki Burgman Fuell Cell Concept


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