Suzuki's Fuel-cell Car Certified by Japan's Gov't

Jun 25, 2008
Saeko Kushitani, Nikkei Automotive Technology
Suzuki "SX4-FCV" fuel-cell vehicle
Suzuki "SX4-FCV" fuel-cell vehicle
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Suzuki Motor Corp has announced that it developed the "SX4-FCV" fuel-cell vehicle based on its "SX4" compact car and had it certified by Japan's Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

The SX4-FCV features a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank, a downsized light capacitor and a fuel cell module manufactured by General Motors Corp (GM). Suzuki will advance development toward a commercial application by conducting public road tests and collecting data. The FCV is slated to be on display at the "Environmental Showcase" during the Hokkaido Toyako Summit.

The fuel cell module's output is 80kW, and the motor's output is 68kW. Maximum speed is 150km/h. Its cruising range extends to 250km per hydrogen charge.

Suzuki acquired minister's certificates for its "Wagon R-FCV" and "MR Wagon-FCV" K-cars with fuel cells in October 2003. Following these two cars featuring 35MPa hydrogen tanks, another "MR Wagon-FCV" equipped with a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank that Suzuki had developed jointly with GM was also certified by the minister in December 2004.

Compared with these three FCVs, which were based on K-cars, the new SX4-FCV is the company's first FCV that is based on a standard engine car.