The Suzuki Burgman scooter powered by an Intelligent Energy fuel cell has leaped a major hurdle towards commercialization. The Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter was first unveiled in 2009 and has been undergoing public road testing in the United Kingdom since.
According to Intelligent Energy, “Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, and Suzuki Motor Corporation, have today announced that the jointly developed Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter has obtained Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) – the first time any fuel cell vehicle has achieved this level of certification. WVTA qualifies the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter design as safe to use on public roads without having to be inspected and tested individually, and brings zero emission motorcycles a step closer to becoming commercially available.”
I first mentioned the details of the Suzuki Burgman in October 2009. At that time the word from both Suzuki and Intelligent Energy was that the Burgman would rollout commercially within a matter of months. Fast forward a couple of years.
Intelligent Energy also has another vehicle called the ENV fuel cell motorbike that they’ve been showing off a different trade shows for the past couple of years as well without a hint of commercialization. So, on January 27, 2011 I called for Intelligent Energy to stop talking about commercialization and actually do it.
The Suzuki Burgman / Intelligent Energy scooter has now taken a major step towards commercialization for city driving. Now, if they would just that last step I would be one very happy camper (and I venture to guess I would not be alone in this excitement).