Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle Enters Production
The car has a 100kW fuel cell stack that converts hydrogen into electricity, which then powers the vehicle's electric motor. The only emission consist of water drops generated in the process.
Hyundai says that the vehicle can be topped up with its fuel in just a few minutes and it will have a range of 594 km (369 miles) on a single tank. For a zero-emission vehicle, accelerating from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 12.5 seconds and top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) is quite impressive. Stick that in your plug and smoke it mister electric vehicle!
The initial fleet consists of 17 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles, 15 of which going to the City of Copenhagen in Denmark and the other 2 to Skane in Sweden. This is just the first stage of trials, as further plans include making a thousand more ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs for lease to public and private fleets.
Hyundai hopes that by 2015, once vehicle production costs lower and hydrogen infrastructure is developed, they will make fuel cell vehicles available for retail consumers.
“By supplying more hydrogen refueling stations to support the eco-friendly fuel cell vehicles produced, we will make Ulsan the landmark for eco-friendly automobiles.” said Ulsan city mayor Mang Woo Park.
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