Hyundai IX35 - Fuel Cell
HYUNDAI are set to launch the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell in 2015, making it the first series production hydrogen fuel cell car in the UK. Different to electric cars, a fuel cell car makes its own power whilst on the move thanks to chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen. The cars will have zero emissions and be silent in drive.
Production has begun at Hyundai and they plan to produce 1000 vehicles from now until 2015 and 10,000 vehicles from 2015 onwards.
Supporting the launch of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will be a network of 65 hydrogen fuel filling stations situated in main conurbations and on busy commuter routes. Plans are in place for this network to expand to 330 stations by 2025 and 1150 by 2030.
There is also political support from the Mayor of London’s office, with a commitment to introducing a minimum of six filling stations to the capital by 2015. Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor, said:
“We believe fuel cells are the vehicles of the future. Not just because they are green and because we have emissions problems in the city, but because they are better. Electro-chemistry is much better than burning oil.”
The price for the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, which will be 2WD only, has yet to be confirmed as discussions are taking place with government about grants to help reduce the price. At present there are no indications as to what it will be, but we expect a significant premium over the diesel versions of the ix35.
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31 July 2013
Written by Duncan