On March 21 Suzuki put a license plate on its Japan Traffic Management Technology Association-approved fuel cell scooter, the Burgman Fuel-Cell, and announced they would begin testing the bike on public roads.
The Burgman Fuel-Cell takes the Burgman 200 scooter as a base and uses a lightweight, compact air-cooled fuel-cell to it. With a 700 bar hydrogen fuel tank mounted to its frame and a high output in-wheel motor on the back wheel, the Burgman Fuel-Cell manages to maintain the same design style as its other scooter brethren.
The motor uses electricity from the fuel cell, allowing for a maximum output of 4.5kW and a maximum torque of 23Nm and can reach speeds of up to 75km/h. In order to improve fuel efficiency, the scooter also utilizes a secondary lithium ion battery-based hybrid system, giving it an operational radius of 120km (where 60km/h is the speed limit).
Written by Toshiya Kouketsu @ Days
(Translated by Bryce Clarke)