PHOTO CAPTION: Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter powered by Intelligent Energy

Suzuki and Intelligent Energy Debut Fuel Cell Motor Scooter

Details on speed, range, acceleration and price not revealed.

Published: 22-Oct-2009

LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom -- Intelligent Energy, the leading clean power systems company, in partnership with Suzuki Motor Corporation, is set to unveil their latest joint development in clean fuel transport systems at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show – the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter.

Having stunned the motorcycle world two years ago with the Crosscage fuel cell motorbike, Intelligent Energy and Suzuki have now applied this advanced fuel cell technology to a more accessible form of two-wheeled transportation. The city-friendly Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter is a demonstration of the potential for zero emissions motorcycles to significantly reduce emissions around the world.

The scooter is fitted with a hydrogen fuel tank which delivers quick refueling, good riding range and a robust frame for increased safety. The scooter uses the latest version of Intelligent Energy’s unique and proprietary PEM clean fuel cell engine, which are light, compact and well-suited to mass manufacture.

“The zero-emissions Burgman scooter is the latest product of the successful commercial relationship between Suzuki and Intelligent Energy”, commented Dr. Henri Winand, CEO at Intelligent Energy. “Of course, these clean fuel cell engine powered motorcycles are not simply for motor shows, and can be widely available to everyone in the near future. With a mass market of about 40 million units per annum, there is a lot to go after. As part of this process, Intelligent Energy and Suzuki will continue to work on clean fuel cell powered motorcycles and plan to hold demonstrations of the fuel cell scooter in the near future”.

About Intelligent Energy

Intelligent Energy is a clean power systems company, with a range of leading fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies. The company is focused on the provision of cleaner power and low carbon technologies. Intelligent Energy partners with leading companies globally, in the transportation, oil and gas, aerospace, defence, distributed generation and portable power markets. Current partners and customers include Scottish & Southern Energy plc with whom the company has formed a joint venture to commercialise fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) systems, and The Suzuki Motor Corporation. Intelligent Energy’s successes in recent years include the development of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike and supplying the fuel cell system to Boeing which powered the world’s first manned fuel cell aircraft. The company also recently supplied Airbus with a multi-functional fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU) aimed at on-board power and other loads in future commercial airliners.

About the Suzuki Motor Corporation:

The Suzuki Motor Corporation is one of the rare manufacturers in the world to produce both motorcycles and automobiles. The company designs and manufactures passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs and outboard motors. Its motorcycle products range from scooters to large motorcycles to meet the diverse demands of its customers around the world. Suzuki’s automobile business has a large share of the Japanese mini car market and develops a range of unique products such as SUVs and mini-vans for the global market, focusing on the compact car market in response to increasing concerns for the good of the environment.

The company vigorously promotes technical cooperation through numerous joint ventures overseas and its main production facilities are located in 23 countries and areas around the world, enabling Suzuki to operate as a global organization serving 196 countries and areas.

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