A little over a year ago I had given an update to the progress of the APFCT hydrogen fuel cell scooter. The scooter was being trialed around Taiwan with various road trips and tested by the government to see if it could pass the safety standards giving them the right to commercialize their vehicles. And, now they have.
Here is an update from the China Post, “Some 30 hydrogen fuel cell scooters have completed the on-road test drive of 120,000 kilometers in cities, mountainous and seaside areas, which is the first on-road test for such vehicles in the world, stated National Taiwan University of Science and Technology President Chen Shi-Shuenn. The distance is equal to three times the circumference of the Earth …
“… The scooter manufacturer aims to incorporate convenience stores, gas stations and scooter shops to provide service for exchanging old storage canisters for new ones. In this way, the government does not need to provide relative infrastructure for such vehicles. The storage canisters are approximately 4.4 kilograms each, lighter than the Lithium battery used by other battery electric vehicles.
“The highest speed for the scooter is 70 kilometers per hour, according to Hsieh. He expected that when loaded with two canisters — 90 grams of hydrogen gas — the scooter can go as far as 50 kilometers. Customers can purchase 90 grams of hydrogen gas for NT$30.
“For every NT$100 spent, a regular scooter can run for 100 kilometers, while a Lithium battery electric vehicle can run for 150 to 170 kilometers, and a hydrogen fuel cell scooter can run for 260 kilometers, said the division director.”
So, there you have it. Hydrogen fuel cell scooters are ready to rock and rollout as commercial vehicles. No timeframe has been set yet for the first commercial offering. But I will keep my eyes peeled and ears to the ground for when this momentous event is expected to occur.