Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell hydrogen vehicle leads the way

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle has kicked off the EcoIslands Global Summit on the Isle of Wight, delivering the Minister of State and Energy, John Hayes, to the inaugural sustainability summit.

And it did so emitting no harmful pollutants in the process. The special Hyundai ix35 is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that converts the gas – stored in on board tanks – to electricity, powering an electric drive unit and giving the car its motive force.

The only by-product of this chemical reaction is pure water, proving the ix35 Fuel Cell was the perfect vehicle for the job.

The summit saw the introduction of the EcoIslands Accord – an agreement to enable islands and regions around the world to achieve renewable energy self-sufficiency by 2020 and sustainability by 2030.

Hyundai’s no stranger to energy efficiency. A sea change in the automotive industry isn’t going to happen overnight – let’s be realistic – but the Korean firm is committed to striving for development in environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient technologies.

President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK:

“Hyundai is committed to being the industry leader in eco-friendly mobility and so we are delighted to be involved in such an inspirational project. Like the EcoIslands initiative, we want to do more than just talk about the future, and the ix35 Fuel Cell shows we’re helping to shape it.

“Wherever the re-fuelling infrastructure is in place, as it will be shortly on the Isle of Wight, the ix35 Fuel Cell is a viable real-world proposition.”

No kidding. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will be available for buyers as early as next year, with up to 1,000 vehicles being delivered between now and 2015 and production scheduled to ramp up to around 100,000 units thereafter.

And it is a proper real-world proposition. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell’s electric motor delivers 135hp meaning the vehicle can reach 100mph (where legal) and travel an astonishing 325 miles on a single hydrogen fill-up.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is actually the second most powerful ix35, behind the range-topping 181hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Even though this vehicle is amazingly efficient, returning 39.2mpg combined (excellent fuel economy for an SUV), the ix35 Fuel Cell is even more impressive.

No carbon of the monoxide or dioxide variety is emitted from its non-existent tailpipe, nor are any nasty nitrous oxides – just a small amount of clean water.