Suzuki announced recently that the Burgman Fuel Cell scooter has gained Whole Vehicle Type Approval in the European Union – becoming the world’s first vehicle to gain approval for safe use on public roads without having to be inspected and tested individually.
This new approval meets standards for safety and performance, representing a milestone in making environmentally friendly, zero-emissions transportation commercially available for the public.
The Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter debuted at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009 and has been continually tested in the UK since February 2010, gathering information about the bike’s performance on public roads while it gained the Whole Vehicle Type Approval.
Produced in a joint collaboration between Suzuki Motor Corporation and British company Intelligent Energy, the Burgman Fuel Cell scooter utilizes state-of-the-art, eco-friendly fuel cell technology, incorporating a light, compact, air-cooled fuel cell positioned inside the frame that efficiently produces electricity through a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in the air and discharges only water in the process, providing zero-emissions power.
The new fuel-cell-powered scooters are based on Suzuki’s popular city-friendly Burgman model scooters and boast the same features and performance as the standard models they are derived from.
Suzuki says it is working toward making the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter a commercially available vehicle, in line with the establishment of hydrogen-filling stations and other necessary infrastructure. For more information about the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, visit: www.globalsuzuki.com/Burgman_Fuel-Cell_Scooter.