2008 LA Auto Show: Kia Borrego FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle)

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2008

The global unveiling of the all-fresh Kia Borrego FCEV at the LA International Auto Show today has brought Kia Motors Corporation's (KMC) Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) program into a great technological leap forward.

Many improvements, such as a higher yield 154 horsepower fuel cell and a new 450-volts Supercapacitor provide the Borrego FCEV even greater performance, a considerably extended driving range and cold-weather starting ability to function in freezing weather conditions.

Offered with either a two and three tank system that comes with a 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV‚ engine is located under the center floor and brags an extra 47 horsepower of energy to generate a top yield of 154 horsepower (a 44-percent increase in contrast to the preceding generation) and run the vehicle to a ceiling speed of 100 miles per hour (mph) at the same time boasting a class-leading system efficiency of 62 percent.

Coming with a storage tank that accommodates 202 liters of hydrogen underneath the vehicle and ahead of the rear wheels, this current Kia Motors research vehicle has a travel range of about 426 miles.

Showing its ability to utilize the engineering of both gasoline/diesel production variants and fuel cell research vehicles at the same time, Kia Motors will be proficient to considerably enhance the efficiency and quality control of future fuel cell vehicle production processes.

Using lightweight aluminum body shell parts, the Borrego FCEV possesses a power-to-weight ratio that is like the new production model SUV. The FCEV also preserves the spacious personnel compartment, reduced levels of noise and total driving modification of its new gasoline/diesel-powered counterpart.

Press Release

Kia Borrego FCEV

Kia Motors Corporation’s (KMC) Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) program takes a major technological step forward today with the global unveiling of the all-new Kia Borrego FCEV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Numerous innovations including a higher output 154 horsepower fuel cell and a new 450-volts Supercapacitor give the Borrego FCEV higher performance, a greatly extended driving range and cold-weather starting capability to operate in sub-zero temperatures.

Available with two and three tank systems with 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV’s power plant is located under the center floor and boasts an additional 47 horsepower of power to produce a peak output of 154 horsepower (a 44-percent increase compared to the previous generation) and propel the vehicle to a top speed of 100 miles per hour (mph) while boasting a best-in-class system efficiency of 62 percent. With a 202-liter hydrogen storage tank located underneath the vehicle and ahead of the rear wheels, this latest Kia Motors research vehicle has a range of about 426 miles.

“Entering this new phase of our program is really exciting,” said Dr. Hyun Soon Lee, president of research and development for the Hyundai Hyundai -Kia Automotive Group. “Now we will be able to build fuel cell electric vehicles in higher volumes and lower cost for fleet testing and the latest Borrego FCEV drives us closer to making fuel cell vehicles available for consumers.”

Demonstrating its ability to conduct engineering of both gasoline/diesel production models and fuel cell research vehicles simultaneously, Kia Motors will be able to significantly improve the efficiency and quality control of future fuel cell vehicle manufacturing processes.

With the use of lightweight aluminum body shell components, the Borrego FCEV has a power-to-weight ratio that is similar to the new production model SUV. The FCEV also retains the roomy cabin, low noise levels and overall driving refinement of its new gasoline/diesel-powered sibling.

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