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).
The design team of the ix35 let go of the two-box off-roader appearance to favor a more elegant, more enhanced profile while aiming for a more spacious cabin, added storage, and better fuel economy.
The fluid design language of the brand is prominently seen in Hyundai ix35’s flowing, curved lines. The brand's ix-onic concept’s hexagonal grille, launched at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, will be manufactured massively on the latest Hyundai ix35. This identifiable appearance will eventually unite all Hyundai cars. This variant will have an aggressive belt line matched with a downward feel. These attributes are developed by the totally optional 225/55 R18 wheels. The optional wheels help add to its dynamic and athletic appearance.
The lines in the cabin mirror the dynamic flow of the metal sheet. To give more comfort, the auto designers produced more headroom and legroom while lowering the car's overall height. The new dual-panel panoramic sunroof improved the roomy feel for both back and front passengers. Through raising and pushing back the panel at the rear, the central panel can open halfway or fully.
A blue backlight is seen on the gauge cluster and has the Supervision technology that is originally from the Genesis sedan. It shows clear basic info in a style that makes it easy to read.
The 2640mm wheelbase is 10mm longer than the previous model of the Hyundai Tucson. Having 4410mm and 1820mm proportions, it is broader and longer than its predecessors (by 85mm and 20mm, respectively). This helps enhance the interior room. The overall height of 1660mm has been reduced by 20mm without altering the headroom dimensions.