Suzuki extends fuel cell research

Hydrogen powered motorcycle closer to reality

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 26, 2008
Suzuki has extended an agreement with UK company Intelligent Energy to develop fuel cell motorcycles.

Their collaboration has already resulted in hydrogen-fuelled Suzuki Crosscage which was displayed at the 2007 Tokyo Motor show. By reinvesting in Intelligent Energy’s technology, Suzuki is bringing the idea of a commercially viable fuel cell motorcycle closer to reality.

“This is an important next step for our collaboration with Suzuki as we move from a very successful concept toward a range of commercially viable fuel cell motorcycles,” says Phil Caldwell, director of business development at Intelligent Energy. “We have developed an excellent relationship with Suzuki over the past two years and this agreement further strengthens our partnership.”

Fuel cells produce power from hydrogen with water being the only by-product.

Unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the Suzuki Crossfire runs on hydrogen

“Our fuel cells are efficient, robust, and emit zero carbon at the tailpipe,” says Henri Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy. “Both Intelligent Energy and Suzuki are committed to the development of cleaner and more responsible vehicles for the consumer. The Crosscage is an example of what can be achieved when invention meets ambition, and we’re looking forward to the next phase in the relationship.”

A key component to motorcycles like the Crosscage moving from concept to full production is Intelligent Energy’s Proton Exchange Membrane. The PEM design uses thin metallic plates to create a compact fuel cell stack that could efficiently be mass produced.