Hyundai is blazing a trail when it comes to new technology, having already pioneered hydrogen propulsion with its Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle.
And now it’s taken another step towards the future of that fuel by committing to a new Europe-wide hydrogen fuel plan called “HyFIVE.”
Standing for the “Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles” and funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Hyundai is aiming to deliver 75 examples of its forward-thinking ix35 Fuel Cell, with deliveries scheduled in Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart.
This latest initiative proves Hyundai is well ahead of the game when it comes to hydrogen fuel, and an analysis of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell’s figures certainly proves it.
From the 114 litres of hydrogen fuel stored on board in the ix35, the car can travel up to a maximum distance of 369 miles. And don’t expect performance to be poor either.
With a 134hp electric motor on board the hydrogen-powered Hyundai can sprint from 0-62mph in 12.5 seconds and will continue steaming on to 100mph. Best of all, you won’t emit any CO2, as the only by-product of the reaction in the car’s fuel cell is pure water.
Compare the stats to the regular Hyundai ix35, and although incredibly efficient for a conventionally powered vehicle, it’s easy to see the merits of a fuel cell vehicle.
The ix35 1.7 CRDI model will crack the 0-62mph sprint in 12.4 seconds and hit 108mph, so it’s only marginally faster than the Fuel Cell. And despite its impressive 53.3mpg combined with just 139g/km CO2, it’s nowhere near as efficient.
President of Hyundai Motor Europe, Byung Kwon Rhim, on the launch of the scheme:
“Hyundai Motor has been a world leader in the development of hydrogen fuel-cell technology since 1998, and this latest partnership will help to further raise awareness of hydrogen power as a long-term transport solution.
“By delivering more vehicles for use on Europe’s roads, we will work with the other project partners to advance the awareness, understanding, viability and uptake of vehicles such as ix35 Fuel Cell.”
The ix35 Fuel Cell has already made its debut in the UK, but with 75 examples making up the 110-unit total of hydrogen vehicles the HyFIVE scheme is aiming for, it shows just how important the Korean firm is to the future of the new fuel.
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