Suzuki Showcases Burgman Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Scooter


At the tail-end of last week’s Tokyo Motor Show Suzuki unveiled an exciting e-scooter concept, the Burgman, powered by a combination of hydrogen fuel cells and a li-ion battery.

Suzuki says that the innovative powertrain would enable the Burgman to reach distances of up to 220 miles at an average speed of 30kph (20mph) – so no wild freeway jaunts just yet then.

However, the company also reckon that performance will be comparable to a standard 125cc scooter (but I’d imagine that riding at higher speeds would most likely significantly reduce range).

The grunt, (if you can call it that at such low speeds), is provided by an air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell, developed by British company Intelligent Energy, alongside a 500Wh lithium-ion battery capable of storing energy created by the Burgman’s regenerative braking system.

The hydrogen itself is stored in a compact tank at a pressure just over 10,000psi (68.95MPa/689.5 bar).

As yet, Suzuki hasn’t announced any plans to produce the Burgman on a commercial scale. However, with recent announcements of similar machines from Japanese rivals, like the Yamaha HV-X Hybrid and the Honda EV-Cub, it seems that the sector is set to heat up over the next few years.

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Andrew Williams

is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.