| 2013-02-27 | 0 Comments

Hyndai became the world’s first automaker to begin assemble-line production of fuel cell vehicles as the first mass-produced, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle rolled of the line at Hyundai’s No. 5 plant in Ulsan, South Korea yesterday.

Hyundai_ix35_FC_1With the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, Hyundai is leading the way into the zero-emissions future,” Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman, Eok Jo Kim said at the ceremony. “The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry and proves that hydrogen fuel cell technology in daily driving is no longer a dream.”
Hyundai_ix35_FC_2The white ix35 Fuel Cell is one of 17 destined for fleet customers in the City of Copenhagen, Denmark and Skåne, Sweden. The Municipality of Copenhagen, as part of its initiative to be carbon-free by 2025, will be supplied with 15 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles for fleet use, according to an agreement that was announced in September 2012. Two ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will be supplied to Skåne, Sweden.
Hyundai_ix35_FC_3Hyundai plans to build 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles by 2015 for lease to public and private fleets, primarily in Europe, where the European Union has established a hydrogen road map and initiated construction of hydrogen fueling stations. The strategy of leading automakers in Europe and the U.S. is to supply hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and establish refueling stations in order to prepare the market for mass production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. After 2015, with lowered vehicle production costs and further developed hydrogen infrastructure, Hyundai will begin manufacturing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for consumer retail sales.
Hyundai_ix35_FC_4The ix35 FCEV, based on Hyundai’s popular ix35, C-segment SUV,  is powered by hydrogen. A fuel cell stack converts the hydrogen into electricity, which turns the vehicle’s motor. The only emission generated by the ix35 Fuel Cell is water. Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell boasts drivability and performance similar to that of the petrol ix35. Modularisation of fuel cell systems for the core part of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle — fuel cell stack, driving device and inverter — enabled the engine to be downsized to match the size of a petrol engine while improving productivity and making maintenance more convenient. It can be refueled with hydrogen in only a few minutes. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 12.5 seconds, has a top speed of 160 km/h and can travel 594 kilometers with a single charge.

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