Suzuki hydrogen fuel cell trial
Suzuki is the only motorcycling company to have publicly trialled a hydrogen fuel cell scooter. Unlike battery electric this technology produces electrical energy on board converting hydrogen through the fuel cell. This means that there is no lengthy recharging; refuelling times are similar to petrol powered vehicles. An added advantage is that the fuel cell is much lighter than high energy density battery packs needed for battery electric vehicles.
Suzuki loaned one of these scooters for display at the FIM alternative energy debate in Brussels back in 2011. Fast forward to 2018 and Suzuki GB has commenced a trial of a fleet of seven scooters with London’s Metropolitan police service.
The trial will last for eighteen months. It will help the Metropolitan Police understand where this clean technology could be adopted across its fleet in the future.
The hydrogen fuel cell scooters will be ridden by Police Community Support Officers in the Roads and Transport Policing Command based at Alperton north west London.
Suzuki GB managing director, Nobuo Suyama, added, "Suzuki is extremely honoured to be able to showcase the Burgman Fuel Cell and gain valuable feedback from this important trial with the Metropolitan Police. Data from the trial will used to support Suzuki zero emission vehicle development programmes.
Deploying these vehicles into service with the police marks a significant milestone in the extensive development of this ground-breaking technology. Being able to release the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell to the Metropolitan police has only been made possible by the support of a number of technology partners; including Intelligent Energy Ltd, with whom Suzuki has jointly developed the fuel cell unit for the scooter."