Manhattan Scientifics Unveils Fuel Cell ScooterNovember 12, 2001 by Jeff Shepard
Manhattan Scientifics Inc. (New York) announced that it has completed initial testing of an electric scooter powered by the company's 3,000W fuel cell. The vehicle is pollution-free and nearly silent in use. It is suitable for driving in noise-free areas and in areas of urban pollution. Fueled by hydrogen, production models are expected to be capable of covering 120 miles with a single fueling and a top speed of 35mph.
The concept vehicle uses Manhattan Scientifics' unique and proprietary fuel cell technology. The system operates under ambient conditions without additional ancillary equipment such as pumps or special cooling. The fuel cell system, including all electronics, valves and fans, weighs less than 6kg. The weight of the fuel vessel is only 4.3kg.
Marvin Maslow, CEO of Manhattan Scientifics, said, "This fuel-cell-powered scooter is a continuation of our efforts to introduce practical, alternative-energy power for personal transportation. There are an estimated 100 million motorized two-wheel vehicles in use worldwide with the greatest number concentrated in the crowded cities of Asia. Worldwide scooter production is estimated to be above 17 million a year and use is expanding globally. The pollution and noise problems in crowded cities in Asia and elsewhere are horrendous. We believe our non-polluting fuel cell scooter could play an important role in helping to alleviate these conditions."