The Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter from Suzuki Gets WVTA Certification

News | March 25, 2011

Recently Intelligent Energy and Suzuki announced that their joint venture production the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooters has obtained the WVTA or the Whole Vehicle Type Approval. What is the WVTA all about? Receiving this approval will allow this electric scooter to run across the public streets in all parts of the world where the WVTA is followed. According to the claims of the company and our collected data, this is the first time when a series of fuel cell vehicles have managed to achieve the WVTA certification.

People came to know about the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter for the first time at the 2009 edition of the Tokyo Motor Show. However, the scooter took a long time for its official launch in the automotive market. It was launched in 2010 in the month of February at a London event. Since its launch, this Fuel Cell Scooter had to go through a number of tests and quality verifications. These tests include a series of inspections by British Technology Strategy Board.

These scooters produced as a result of the joint venture between Intelligent Energy and Suzuki run on air-cooled fuel cells; they also have hydrogen tanks located in their frame. The design of this scooter is based on the design of the combustion engine model of the Suzuki Burgman. Right now the company has not announced any specific price for these fuel cell scooters. However, it is thought to be slightly more than the price of the standard Burgmans, which are priced at around $9,000.

Suzuki lunched a smaller model of electric scooter in the last quarter of 2010. That model was named as the e-Let’s. However, it was not as potent as the company’s Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter. The makers also think that the new model is also much practical compared to the e-Let’s.

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