Palcan Intros Fuel-Cell-Powered Scooter

June 18, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Palcan Fuel Cells Ltd. (Burnaby, BC) announced the integration of its 2kW fuel cell stack system to power the next global transportation solution. The fuel-cell-powered scooter is a marketable alternative designed specifically to address the world's need for a low-end, mass-transport vehicle.

Palcan's fuel cell uses the company's metal-hydride hydrogen storage technology to power the scooter. The Asian and European markets are direct targets for Palcan's prototype power supply. It is aimed directly at the market for smaller internal combustion engines developed for two- and three-wheeled applications, including rickshaws, small transport vehicles and scooters.

"Our primary goal was to display the fact we could power up a two-wheel electric vehicle using a fuel cell as the power source," stated John Shen, Palcan's president and CEO. "The objective of this exercise was to expose the technology of the future now, as an alternative to current small vehicle battery-powered systems. Airports, golf courses, movie studios, amusement parks and large industrial complexes are examples of where this world-changing technology can be employed prior to the actual infrastructure build-out for the emerging hydrogen economy."