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London Met trials FCEV scooters

Suzuki Burgman FCEV

The trial will use seven Suzuki Burgman scooters retrofitted with fuel cell stacks made by Intelligent Energy

London’s Metropolitan Police Service is launching a trial to test hydrogen powered scooters.

From September 4 the force will use seven Suzuki ‘Burgman Fuel Cell’, hydrogen scooters. These retrofitted Suzuki Burgman 125s feature a 4kW fuel stack, and will reportedly manage 350km on a single tank, if used at average city speeds of about 30mph.

The stacks are built by distributed fuel cell manufacturer Intelligent Energy, using its AC64 technology and a proton exchange membrane (PEM). They are also used in other power applications, including range extension for battery-powered electric vehicles, four wheel vehicles and auxiliary power supply.

The trial will last for 18 months and will help the Met establish their suitability for the various roles such scooters could perform. On a broader scale, it adds, it “will help us to understand where this clean technology could be adopted across the fleet in the future.”

The FCEVs will be used by Police Community Support Officers within the Roads and Transport Policing Command and will be based at Alperton Deployment Centre.

The use of the FCEV Burgman model has been a long time in the offing. It was first unveiled in London way back in 2010, and was planned to be released for commercial sale in 2011. Commercial production was tipped to begin in 2015, although progress has evidently taken longer, and it is still not available to the public.

The trial is being run at no cost to the Met, with the loan of the vehicles from Suzuki. Maintenance and fuel costs will be met by a collaborative project which is being part-funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Lead partner of this project is the British fuel cell technology company Intelligent Energy in association with Suzuki GB and Cenex.

Suzuki GB Managing Director, Nobuo Suyama, added that: “Operational data from the trial will be gathered and used to support Suzuki zero emission vehicle development programmes… Deploying these vehicles into service with the Met marks a significant milestone in the extensive development of this ground-breaking technology. Being able to release the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell to the Met has only been made possible by the support of a number of technology partners; including Intelligent Energy, with whom Suzuki has jointly developed the Fuel Cell unit for the scooter.”

 

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