Hyundai has revealed its next generation of ultra-efficient vehicles, with the debut of its hydrogen-powered ix35 FCEV.
Efficiency is what manufacturers are always striving for in the automotive industry, and Hyundai’s development of hydrogen fuel cells is one way we can keep driving in a modern world – this is the technology of tomorrow.
The ‘FCEV’ bit in the prototype Hyundai ix35’s name stands for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle and hints at how the car makes its motive force.
Hydrogen stored in tanks is converted into electricity in the on board fuel cell, which in turn powers an electric motor, making the special ix35 an electric vehicle.
It doesn’t lack performance compared to a normal petrol or diesel powered version of Hyundai’s crossover either.
A 135bhp fuel cell and electric motor combination means the hydrogen Hyundai ix35 can reach up to speeds of 100mph and travel up to 325 miles on a single hydrogen fill-up.
In fact, if the Hyundai ix35 FCEV were to go on sale today, it’d be the second most powerful vehicle in the range behind the top-spec 181bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
Best of all, hydrogen-fuelled propulsion means zero tailpipe emissions, so the experimental ix35 is environmentally friendly, too.
According to Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership, Kit Malthouse, who drove the Hyundai ix35 FCEV at its unveiling, “Hyundai’s commitment to hydrogen power is a vital part of the energy future of the globe.
“It solves all sorts of problems; oil dependency and emissions; but aside from everything else, you can’t stop the advance of technology and the fuel cell is the future of mobile power. Finding a company that has the courage to make such a commitment so early is fantastic.”
If all this sounds appealing – a 325-mile range, decent performance and zero emissions – you’re in luck. Hyundai is the only carmaker with plans to put its hydrogen technology on sale and is planning an initial production run of 1,000 vehicles by the end of 2012.
At what cost the frim has not yet revealed, but for more information contact T W White and Sons today or visit our Hyundai showroom in Weybridge, Surrey.
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