Suzuki Motor Corp's Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, which is being tested in the UK, became the world's first fuel-cell electric vehicle to earn Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA).
To sell a vehicle in Europe, it is necessary to receive certification from each member nation of the European Union. But, by earning WVTA, it becomes possible to sell a vehicle in all of the member nations.
In collaboration with the UK-based Intelligent Energy Ltd, Suzuki has been participating in the field test that is for fuel-cell electric vehicles and organized by Technology Strategy Board (TSB), a government organization that promotes technological development in the UK, since February 2010.
TSB is promoting technological development through innovations, new products, new services, etc by providing financial aids for industrial development. The field test is being conducted in an area around Loughborough University, which is located in the central area of the UK. And Suzuki is testing three units of the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter there.
Thus far, Suzuki has obtained Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) for each vehicle to conduct a field test. But, this time, Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter became the world's first fuel-cell-powered vehicle that has earned WVTA (No four-wheeled vehicle has earned WVTA yet).
The Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter is a fuel-cell electric vehicle based on the Burgman 125, which is designed for driving in urban areas. It does not have an engine, CVT (continuously variable transmission), gasoline tank, etc unlike the Burgman 125 but has a hydrogen tank, fuel cell unit, rechargeable battery and so forth. The mass of the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter is 170kg, which is 10kg heavier than the gasoline-powered Burgman 125.
The dimensions of the scooter are 2,055 (L) x 725 (W) x 1,240 (H). It is equipped with a 0.5kW lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery. The drive range of the scooter is 350km when it travels at a speed of 30km/h, and its maximum speed is 63km/h.
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