Hyundai begins trial program for Tucson ix FCEV model with fuel cell drive train

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 22, 2010

Amid the green movement that has taken over the car industry, Hyundai has announced the start of a trial program for a Tucson model equipped with a fuel cell drive train. Next year, this enter will undergo extensive testing in events throughout the country that Hyundai organized in collaboration with the South Korean government.

Hyundai will begin production for this model in 2015. The official name for this model is Tucson ix FCEV. It features a drive system that offers a driving range of 650 km per charge.

Hyundai said that this model, which has a drivetrain that consists of a 100kW fuel cell system and two hydrogen storage tanks, can operate at temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius. This model has evolved from the Tucson hybrid that Hyundai tested a few years ago.

About 95% of the components of this new version are sourced from the local market. Fuel cells are likely to be one of the most effective ways to produce an electric vehicle. But they’re also very difficult to realize.

Battery-powered electric vehicles can rely on something comparable to an infrastructure but fuel cell vehicles will still be plagued by the lack of filling stations in the future. Throughout the world, there are numerous projects on fuel cell vehicles initiated by carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and General Motors.

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