Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter clears European hurdle

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The Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter has received Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA), reportedly the first time any fuel cell vehicle has achieved that level of certification in the European Union. The announcement was made by Suzuki and clean power systems company Intelligent Energy, co-developers of the hydrogen-powered scooter..

The WVTA designation qualifies the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter design as safe to use on public roads without having to be inspected and tested individually. The action also brings zero emission motorcycles a step closer to the commercial market.

First exhibited at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009, the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, equipped with the latest version of Intelligent Energy's air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell system, has been participating in a public road-testing program in the UK run by Intelligent Energy and supported by the UK's Technology Strategy Board. Now that the Suzuki design has met specified EU performance standards, the vehicle and its components are approved for production and sale within Europe.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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