Hyundai’s Fuel Cell Tucson London-Bound

Emission-free hydrogen powered vehicles will soon be operating in London.

Five Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) Fuel Cell models – known as the first production fuel cell cars in the world – will soon be an integral part of the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LNHE) project.

Hyundai Motor, as a supplier to the LHNE project, will join the existing consortium of companies with expertise in hydrogen transport infrastructure and operation, working to establish the UK’s first hydrogen transport network covering London and south east England.

The LHNE project, a government-backed initiative co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, will put hydrogen-fueled vehicles into daily business use and deliver the refueling infrastructure to support their operation.

These Hyundai fuel cell vehicles will be leased to various public and private fleet users in the UK capital. They are among the first of 1,000 examples that Hyundai has committed to produce between now and 2015 and are built on the same production line, in Ulsan, Korea, as the Tucson.

Hyundai confirmed the majority of those 1,000 cars will be available in Europe where the European Commission has established a number of schemes, such as the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), to promote the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier with zero carbon content.

As the first car company in the world to assembly line-produce fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai said it has enabled not just the real start of Europe’s Hydrogen Roadmap but also accelerated London’s plans to become one of the major hydrogen capitals of the world.

For Hyundai, the philosophy behind the ix35 Fuel Cell project has been to produce a car that offers the same practicality, safety levels and driving experience as an ix35 (Tucson) driven by an internal combustion engine, but with zero tailpipe emissions.  That means comparable performance – 100 mph maximum, 0-62 mph in 12.5 seconds and a range of almost 370 miles per tank – but with no hydrocarbon emissions; the only emission being water.