In an effort to gain support of key politicians to expand its Fuel Cell cars, Hyundai is lending a fleet of ix35 zero-emission FCEV cars to key European Union officials and policymaker. They will run the car throughout 2013, and will hopefully see why Hyundai believes fuel cell is a better solution than battery-powered EVs.
The fuel cell technology needs government backing, because it needs a whole new infrastructure for delivering hydrogen at the pumps. That’s what it uses to generate electricity, which is used to propel the vehicle. Once we get the H2 pumps ready, the rest will be history.
Hydrogen will never run out; it takes only a few minutes to fill up the tank; it gives good range; and the only emission is H20 – water vapor. Hyundai is taking development of FCEVs very seriously. Their ix35 is basically ready for mass production, but they are moving ahead cautiously, building a 1000 units in the first phase.
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell specifications
|Driving range on one fill-up||594 km|
|Vehicle efficiency||0.95 kg H2 / 100 km|
|Top speed||160 km/h|
|Acceleration, 0 to 100 km/h||12.5 seconds|
|Fuel cell output power||100 kW (136 ps)|
|Energy storage system||24 kW lithium-ion polymer battery|
|Fuel||Hydrogen (700 bar, 5.6 kg)|
|Exhaust gas||Water vapour|