Suzuki Shows Fuel-Cell-Powered SX4 and more in Tokyo
by KBB.com Editors | October 13, 2009 1:19 PM
Highlighting its major presence at the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki brought a trio of vehicles fitted with fuel-cells as well as a plug-in prototype of its Swift. Topping the debut list is an SX4 variant that matches a GM-sourced fuel-cell stack fed by hydrogen stored in a new high-pressure (10,000-psi) hydrogen tank developed in house. This zero-emissions SX4 also replaces the conventional battery pack with a lighter and more compact Suzuki-designed capacitor that reportedly delivers better overall performance. The automaker is currently testing experimental versions of the SX4-FVC on public roads in Japan, although it has yet to confirm any production plans for the vehicle. Suzuki's hydrogen-centric technology also figures into a two-wheeled one-off, the Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter. It's fitted with a compact, lightweight fuel cell and a scaled-down version of the firm's new high-pressure hydrogen tank safely nestled within the frame. Back on four wheels, Suzuki's MIO electric wheelchair dispenses with the normal lead-acid battery in favor of a direct methanol-powered fuel-cell stack that uses a replaceable methanol-filled cartridge that makes "recharging" a snap-out/snap-in process. The MIO is being evaluated for potential commercial development. On a more conventional front, Suzuki is also showcasing a plug-in version of its compact Swift that uses an electric motor capable of providing up to 12 miles of pure EV travel and 660cc "range-extender" gasoline engine from its Kei model to replenish its battery pack.