Suzuki’s fuel cell scooter gets mass-production approval — but should…

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Suzuki’s fuel cell gets mass-production approval but should you want one?

hydrogen-powered Burgman scooter has the first fuel-cell vehicle to get Whole Vehicle Type ­- a license to start production.

Hydrogen power be a technological cul-de-sac but various including our own, are determined to it as long a one as Brookside.

Hydrogen stations are being incentivised existence from London and Suzuki looks set to be the first manufacturer to make hay.

An ride the 11bhp scoot is not (as we when we rode it last but as far as securing Suzuki’s future let’s just say the high-ups in are a lot more excited about than the next Hayabusa.

with British firm Energy, the hydrogen-electric hybrid is vibrationless, silent and only a barely-perceptible breath of water from its tailpipe to confirm is happening.

How it works

And what is happening? Hydrogen is ducted from a high-pressure in the scooter’s underbelly to a fuel stack little bigger a shoe box under the seat.

It being burned; instead an reaction is separating the hydrogen proton and electron -­ horses from their ­- and making them run an electrical circuit, producing

It’s happening simultaneously in of fuel cells — inside their container After Eights in a box ­- in an electrical power output of 2.5KW — or a little 3bhp.

Some of that is being fed directly to the electric attached to the back wheel, is charging a lithium-ion battery provides the balance of drive for accelerating ­- around in all.

It isn’t the stuff of dreams, but it’s right on the for a 125-class commuter.

Why they be made

Whether or not you’re bought-in to a future (and most motorcyclists aren’t) doesn’t Whether vehicular emissions are to for global warming or not doesn’t Even whether hard-to-handle is feasible as a widespread replacement for ­- and there are many reasons why it is might not be -­ matter either.

The decision to old-fashioned combustion-engines out of existence was years ago — and whether it was the decision or not, governments our own are irrevocably committed to making it

Against that background, pragmatic approach is very Britain and many other have signed up to the International for the Hydrogen Economy.

London has to have at least six hydrogen stations running by the end of the year, and the US has over £1bn to make more readily available to

Better than electric?

there’s the competition — battery-powered machines cresting a of hype thanks to TTXGP. The range, 8-hour charge heavy and expensive batteries of bikes are a hell of an inconvenience.

Suzuki says it made the cell Burgman with the that commuters wouldn’t to change their habits at all and by the time it or something like it production (2015 is whispered) may be true, at least for Londoners.

The powered by an evolution of the lightweight fuel cell motor in 2007’s Crosscage concept but with double the tank and hence capacity (10,000psi about 500g of hydrogen built to a design and price entirely production feasible.

says it expects fuel bikes to carry a ‘small over petrol equivalents they hit the market.


Suzuki is stretching a point it claims the Burgman could Edinburgh on a single fill-up its 220mph claimed range is only at a 20mph average but in its natural habitat such as London, say, where speeds are a glacial 9.9mph it has a stride.

Even at brisker out-of-town (40mph is about the limit now) it should clear 100 And the fact it can achieve that without a huge payload of is a huge plus.

The fuel Burgman weighs ‘about says Suzuki ­- not more than the petrol at 148kg dry, does fully fuelled. The fuel starts up in under a second, it has a 99.9% reliability and it’s a to service -­ the only that needs attention is its air and there’s no clutch or gearbox.

It five minutes to fill the Hydrogen should — for mile — cost no than petrol to buy when it available, and in fact will enjoy a substantial tax advantage.

Is it

The words ‘hydrogen’ and ‘Hindenburg’ are out of each other’s company. But its reputation is unwarranted says

The fuel cell Burgman’s gas has withstood bullet-…, fire and impacts on its way to gaining EU type-approval. hydrogen disperses rapidly and is to ignite after only a few than petrol.

Hydrogen’s future

Is this the first of a new machines that will MCN’s pages in 2020? Yes and no.

may never fulfil the dreams of who envisage a carbon-free ‘hydrogen but it doesn’t need to be THE future to A future.

There are likely to be answers to our ‘carbon problem’, and is already produced in large as an industrial by-product and currently

There are 40 million scooter and sales a year of which need only grab a infinitesimal proportion for it to be worthwhile And it’s laying-in experience in a governments are gold-plating a future and which rivals appear to be

As for a hydrogen-stuffed MCN in 2020, if fuel-cell are the only thing available, unlikely there’d be a community of bikers for the paper to serve.

But we nor Suzuki anticipate that. simply opened a new front in the war to pleasurable personal mobility is likely to wage for the rest of our lives.

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