Hyundai Motor Co. said that by December of this year, it will already start production of the hydrogen ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle for public and private lease. This means that it would be the first global automaker to start the commercial production of zero-emission vehicles. Hyundai will start building the ix35 Fuel Cell at its Ulsan manufacturing facility in Korea, with a goal that increases to 1,000 units by 2015.
Hyundai has already signed contracts with cities in Denmark and Sweden to lease the ix35 Fuel Cell to municipal fleets. Hyundai is planning to have a limited mass production of the ix35 Fuel Cell beyond 2015, with a target of 10,000 units. Hydrogen powers Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell. The hydrogen is converted into electricity by a fuel cell stack.
As a result, the Lithium Polymer battery is charged, powering the electric motor. Water vapour is the only emission produced by the ix35 Fuel Cell. The halo vehicle of Hyundai’s Blue Drive sub-brand is the ix35 Fuel Cell.
This badge is used by Hyundai’s cleanest vehicles, such as Sonata Hybrid, i20 Blue Drive and BlueOn, Hyundai’s battery-powered i10. Zero-emissions vehicles like Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell spark change as governments make stricter regulations to cut carbon output and reliance on fossil fuel.
The ix35 Fuel Cell meet the standards in the 2009 agreement by the European Union’s G8 countries to lower carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulations.
Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell shares the same drivability and performance as that of the petrol ix35. It takes just a few minutes to fill the ix35 Fuel Cell with hydrogen. It enables the car to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 12.5 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 160km/h (100mph). On a single charge, the vehicle can travel 588km (365miles).