Hyundai Poised To Launch Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle This Year

Yesterday in London, Hyundai showcased its latest-generation hydrogen fuel-cell technology which it aims to initially launch in the UK this year, slowly ramp up in fleets over the next few years, and along the way the hydrogen technology will find its way to the U.S.

The occasion was the “Investing in Future Transport” conference held at London’s City Hall and the news was given by Dr. Sae Hoon Kim, Hyundai’s principal fuel cell research engineer to an audience of policy makers, investors and industry representatives.

To these decision makers, he explained the company’s sustainable future mobility strategy and presented its zero-emission Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) fuel-cell electric vehicle.

The ix35 is a third-generation fuel-cell vehicle for Hyundai. The company says it presents a strong case for being a truly viable everyday car, retaining the safety, equipment, convenience and performance of the conventionally-powered ix35, yet producing zero exhaust emissions.

Equipped with a 100-kw fuel cell stack and two hydrogen storage tanks, the ix35 FCEV can travel a total of 325 miles on a single refueling and reach a maximum speed of 100 mph.

Plans are to commercialize this vehicle by the end of 2012 with an initial production run of 1,000 fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai will supply fuel cell vehicles to government and private fleets leading up to mass production, scheduled for 2015.

Among those who tested the hydrogen-powered car was Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor of London for Business and Enterprise and chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership.

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“I am really glad that Hyundai is making such a commitment to hydrogen because I firmly believe that it is a vital part of the energy future of the globe, particularly where vehicles are concerned,” said Malthouse. “It solves all sorts of problems; oil dependency and emissions; but aside from everything else, you can’t stop the advance of technology and the fuel cell is the future of mobile power. Finding a company that has the courage to make such a commitment so early is fantastic.”

Also present at the conference was Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, a company which – along with Hyundai – is involved in a project to ensure the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. The program – UKH2Mobility – brings together three government departments and industrial participants from the utility, gas, infrastructure and global car manufacturing sectors to evaluate the potential for hydrogen as a fuel for Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles in the UK.

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  • Party McAnimal

    About time..No range anxiety…easily fueled up…Now we are talking. NO MORE GAS!!!NO MORE GAS!!!NO MORE GAS!!!

    Here is another that has zero emmission..Runs on air compression…fills up in minutes…range of over 100 miles… Now we are getting creative.

  • Anonymous

    There is no infrastructure and no hydrogen either. Hydrogen foolcell cars have been part of one of the dirty games of the oil industry for more than 45 years now. (have you seen the Hyundai guy begging for infrastructure? LOL!).
    Smoke and mirrors foolcell cars are for the brainwashed uneducated only.

  • Roy_H

    325 miles range… a little more than Tesla’s $90k Model S. So how much is this Hyundai ix35FCEV?

  • MrEnergyCzar

    A net energy loser. What a waste….


  • M Darosa

    Are forgetting somthing here? How much it will cost cnsumers versus gas powered cars.

  • John D.

    Hydrogen fuel cell is like half a battery. The “Charge” cycle is where you use electricity to separate hydrogen and oxygen. Technically, you could put a hydrogen filling station anywhere you have electricity available and generate the hydrogen locally. The second half of the battery is the fuel cell, where the hydrogen is recombined with oxygen to produce electricity. (On the vehicle.) So, a hydrogen powered car is still an “electric” car, with its battery split in two; one part being stationary, the second mobile. Hydrogen is just the method of moving the energy. This brings us back to the subject of how the original electricity is being generated. Probably a coal or gas fired plant. The question is, “How much of the original energy used at the power plant makes it to the wheels of the vehicle, and how much gets lost in the process?”

  • John Bailo

    Nice to see them pushing this along.

    Go H2 and UK…thanks for taking a leadership role.

  • Consumer

    BTW EV’s and fuel cell tech are cost prohibitive for the everyday commuter, even if gas goes to 10 dollars a gallon. The only other alternative is blocked by big oil, A.K.A. government. It is the frog analagy, throw the frog into boiling water and he jumps out, but put him in cold water and turn on the heat, he dies in hot water.

  • Anonymous

    How could you say it is a net energy loser? Doesn’t that depend on how the electricity is generated. If it is generated by solar…NOT a net energy loser…If it is generated by Wind turbines..NOT a net energy loser…If it is generated by Geothermal (Calpine Corp.)…NOT a net energy loser…I can go on Energy Clown…er Czar. The world is segueing into alternate forms of power generation in all fields…not just cars …There will be a day when we can substantially lower the emissions of this world we live in…And because of Peak Oil, Peak Coal… just a few years away, it will come sooner than you think…Clown.

  • Anonymous

    How much energy is required to compress Hydrogen from 1 atm to 10,000 PSI? 🙂