Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle to be demoed

Third-generation FCEV gets an EcoVelocity outing

1 Sep 2011
Hyundai ix35

Hyundai has confirmed that its ix35 Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle - also known as the ix35 FCEV - will be getting its UK début at the EcoVelocity show next week.

The Hyundai ix35 FCEV is a variation on the electric vehicle, where the power for the motor comes not from a bank of batteries charged from the mains but from a clean hydrogen fuel cell with water vapour as its only emission.

The ix35 is Hyundai's third-generation fuel-cell vehicle, and promises a driving range from a single hydrogen fill of around 360 miles, a maximum speed of 100mph, and a 0-62mph time of 12.8 seconds. For use in colder climates, the fuel-cell stack is able to operate at temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius.

"We are extremely excited to be showcasing the ix35 FCEV in the UK for the first time at EcoVelocity," said Hyunda UK managing director Tony Whitehorn. "Hyundai is a world leader in the development of hydrogen-powered technology and is constantly researching and developing modes of transportation that use alternative fuels at the Eco-technology research institute in Mabuk, Korea.

"The ultimate goal would be to see zero-emission vehicles on UK roads within the next few years; however, the market and local infrastructure will be the real determinant of this. In the interim, Hyundai is working hard to make internal combustion engines as efficient as possible."

The Hyundai ix35 FCEV will be available for viewing at the company's EcoVelocity stand at Battersea Power Station from the 8th to the 11th of September, along with the company's i10 and i20 Blue high-efficiency combustion engine vehicles.

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