Suzuki Reveals Next-Gen Fuel Cell at JSAE 2014

Suzuki Fuel Cell Concept

Do you miss Suzuki, yet? The company is an engineering powerhouse that builds some of the finest, most advanced motorcycles in the world – and their cars aren’t half bad, either! Sadly, poor sales meant the company was forced to stop selling cars in the US … but that doesn’t mean they’re gone. As if to remind American enthusiasts what we’re missing, Suzuki unveiled its latest, air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell – called the Gen4 – at the JSAE 2014 conference earlier this week.

And it’s pretty sweet.

The new fuel cell was designed for easy integration into both 2 and 4 wheel vehicles, but there’s more to it than that. “Applications for Gen4 extend beyond the automotive industry,” says James Batchelor, Managing Director of Motive, Intelligent Energy, who developed the fuel cell along with Suzuki. “For example, as an auxiliary power unit or for aerospace applications, and we look forward to expanding sales with our existing customers and markets and also commercialising this product in new and innovative applications.”

You can read more about Suzuki’s latest fuel cell tech in Intelligent Energy’s official press release, below. Enjoy!

 

Suzuki / IE Fuel Cell | Official Press Release


next generation fuel cell

Intelligent Energy, the international power technology company, has today at the JSAE Annual Congress, introduced its Gen4 air-cooled fuel cell power unit, designed for easy integration into two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles. The technology has been developed in collaboration with the Suzuki Motor Corporation.

The Gen4 fuel cell power unit incorporates the necessary ancillary components to enable vehicle manufacturers to more easily integrate the system into their products. Incorporating Intelligent Energy’s latest proprietary fuel cell technology, Gen4 is a power-dense, compact and self-contained system. Rated for continuous operation at 3.9kW and capable of providing in excess of 4kW for short periods, the power unit has been designed as a prime-mover power source for smaller fuel cell electric vehicles and also as a range extender for larger vehicles, offering a zero-emission alternative to conventional internal combustion engines and to address range anxiety often experienced with battery only electric vehicles.

Gen 4 has been subject to a comprehensive development process to satisfy demanding automotive requirements based upon an extensive operational and performance test programme, including shock and vibration testing and repeated thermal cycling over a range of operating temperatures. A ready-to-scale production line capable of manufacturing Gen4 fuel cells was commissioned in 2013 at SMILE FC System Corporation, the joint venture company established by Intelligent Energy and Suzuki in Yokohama, Japan.

James Batchelor, Managing Director of Motive, Intelligent Energy said, “This is a significant step in designing for manufacture and scalable production volume at a time when a number of automotive OEMs are bringing fuel cell electric vehicles to market. Our new Gen4 fuel cell power unit will help vehicle manufacturers to save space, reduce weight and cost without compromising on performance. By making Gen4 available as a self-contained fuel cell power unit, we are able to offer new and existing customers a simple solution, reducing time to market for a broad range of zero-emission production vehicles without the high cost and risk associated with in-house development.

Intelligent Energy’s fuel cell portfolio includes some of the highest power density stacks available in the industry, engineered for mass-market adoption in the automotive market.”

Batchelor continues, “Applications for Gen4 extend beyond the automotive industry (for example, as an auxiliary power unit or for aerospace applications) and we look forward to expanding sales with our existing customers and markets and also commercialising this product in new and innovative applications.”

 

Source | Photo: Suzuki / Intelligent Energy, via Businesswire.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.