Suzuki Intros Mobile Terrace Fuel Cell Van

October 19, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Suzuki Motor Corp. (Japan) premiered its new Mobile Terrace compact fuel cell van. The rounded, translucent van aims to mimic an open terrace, and uses 20% owner General Motors's Hy-Wire platform, which is intended to allow maximum flexibility and interchangeability while at the same time using fuel cell technology to power the vehicle.

The Hy-Wire platform uses plenty of unique packaging as well as steer and brake-by-wire setups to maximize interior space. The fuel cell and motor are placed under the floor, making the Mobile Terrace a six-passenger vehicle using three rows of seats. Included is a 22in touchscreen monitor for vehicle information, as well as sliding side doors for easier access to the interior.