Hydrogen fuel cell scooters headed for Hawaii

Publish Date: 
Aug 20, 2012

OAHU, Hawaii – Island riders will soon have a new option for scootering around Hawaii. By next year, a partnership is expected to import new ZES (Zero Emission Scooter) models of hydrogen fuel cell scooters from Taiwan.

The scooters are being manufactured and delivered through a partnership between Big Island hydrogen production systems company H2 Technologies and Taiwan-based Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies (APFCT). APFCT developed the fuel cell-powered scooter for sale in Taiwan, where they have seen some commercial success as well as in China, where they were just approved, according to Revmodo.

H2 will first bring the scooters to Hawaii as rentals for tourists but the company has hopes that it can successfully open up sales to United States consumers.

The hydrogen is stored in two removable canisters mounted on the scooter so that when owners need to refuel, they can just exchange an empty canister for a full one. It takes less than a minute to make the exchange, because APFCT has been working since 2000 to put convenient exchange programs in place at existing gas stations, the company stated.

Posted by Holly Wagner