APFCT is not a new comer. This Taiwanese company has been testing fuel cell scooters for several years, in Taiwan and in Hawaii. Several generations of its ZES scooters have been developed since 2010, all powered by two removable hydrogen canisters. The fuel cell was capable of a maximum power of 2.5 kW, allowing for a 35 mph top speed and a range of 35 to 50 miles. The price was quoted at around $3,500.
The 2012 test in Taiwan, funded by the government, involved 80 scooters offered free to the public to ride around at beach resort. Researchers monitored the scooters via their GPS system and analyzed a variety of data throughout the year, including driving time, location, direction, altitude, cruising distance, voltage, current and fuel cell stack temperature. The fuel cell system was analyzed for efficiency and compared to internal combustion engines to determine economic and well-to-wheels efficiency and emission advantages.
So we are curious to see more of the new generation of APFCT’s fuel cell scooter, besides the picture at the top of this article. So far all we know is that its 2 hydrogen canisters are provided by the Swiss company AAQIUS, which is trying to make its STOR-H canister a standard for fuel cell-powered two-wheelers. AAQIUS hopes to develop a network of canister vending machines in 2017.
We know that Suzuki has also been working on a fuel cell scooter for several years now. It is safe to assume that the technology is ready, and it might just be a problem of cost and infrastructure holding back manufacturers. We should find out more very soon.