Intelligent Energy and Suzuki are to establish a joint venture company, SMILE FC System Corporation (SMILE FC), for developing and manufacturing fuel cell systems. Suzuki has already been working with Intelligent Energy for six years in the development and testing of the CrosscageFuel Cell motorcycle and Burgman Fuel Cell Maxiscooter, the latter already being approved for European roads. An extensive display of the two-wheeled FC technology in cutaway form was one of the highlights of December's 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The press release states that the JV will produce at least one car and one motorcycle.
Portable hydrogen-powered fuel cell chargers, such as the Horizon MiniPak
, have been around for a few years now. The Upp ups the capacity offering 25 Wh and works in conjunction with an companion app that provides device info and details of locations to find new cartridges.
Motorcyclists will no doubt remember the highly unconventional Suzuki Crosscage Hydrogen Concept
bike from last November’s Tokyo Motor Show. The bike was developed in conjunction with British Intelligent Energy
(the same folk who developed the ENV fuel cell motorcycle
in 2005). Suzuki
and IE this week executed a further development agreement which envisages the progression of their collaboration to commercially viable fuel cell motorcycles – it means that the Crosscage, or something quite like it, will appear in a showroom near you. Even more interesting though, is that IE’s home hydrogen generation plants
appear the perfect partner for a fuel cell motorcycle – brew your own hydrogen.