Intelligent Energy’s fuel cells stacks to be used in Met Police zero emission scooter trial
Published on Tue 7 February, 2017
Loughborough, UK – 7 February 2017 – Intelligent Energy’s British fuel cell technology will be at the heart of a fleet of scooters to be used on London’s roads this summer as part of a hydrogen fuel cell technology fleet trial with the city’s Metropolitan Police.
Intelligent Energy has provided the fuel cell stacks for the Suzuki Burgman scooters, stack technology designed and engineered here in the U.K. The Burgman was the world’s first fuel cell scooter to achieve the EU Whole Vehicle Type Approval.
”We are delighted to announce this latest milestone,” said Intelligent Energy’s Group CEO Martin Bloom. “The Met Police is one of the world's most innovative in reducing vehicle emissions from its fleet, setting a precedent for police forces globally. We are pleased this initiative involves one of our closest partner’s, Suzuki, with whom we have a 10 year relationship. The scooters will use our 4kW air cooled fuel cells, a compact lightweight package designed to meet automotive requirements, standards and safety criteria. This brings closer the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell scooters.
“A key concern today is air pollution in London and other urban centres throughout the world. We need to look at ways to reduce emissions. Fleet vehicles will play a role in achieving this. With no established refuelling infrastructure needed - they simply deploy a back-to-base refuel strategy - this is an enabler for change.”
When it comes to refuelling, the scooters can be refuelled in minutes. Charging times and range are two of the biggest challenges for electric vehicles, and are among the key strengths for fuel cell electric vehicles like the Burgman. Intelligent Energy was instrumental in operating a fleet of zero emission PEM fuel cell black cabs in London during the 2012 Olympics and this latest announcement highlights Intelligent Energy’s role as a key player in shaping the future of clean transportation in the Capital.
The 4kW stacks used in the scooters offer power for other applications, including range extension for battery-powered electric vehicles, four wheel vehicles and auxiliary power - especially for diesel replacement.
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About Intelligent Energy
Intelligent Energy Holdings plc delivers clean energy solutions for the distributed energy, diesel replacement, automotive and aerial drone markets. Working with international companies, Intelligent Energy aims to embed its fuel cell stack technology into applications across its target market sectors.
With its principal facility and headquarters in Loughborough, UK, the company also operates in Japan, India, China, Singapore, France and the US. Intelligent Energy Holdings plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: IEH.L).
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