Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company is the first automaker to begin mass production of fuel cell vehicles. The first ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the Hyundai Motor Company’s Plant in South Korea.
The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry manufactured till now and proves that hydrogen fuel cell technology can be used in daily driving.
The ix35 Fuel Cell uses a Hyundai-designed fuel cell stack to convert hydrogen into electricity to power the motor. The only emissions resulting from this is water, making the ix35 Fuel Cell a zero-emissions vehicle. The vehicle has a top speed of 160 kilometres per hour and a range of 594 kilometres that is nearly equal to that of a conventionally fueled ix35.
Hyundai plans to build 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles by 2015 for lease to public and private fleets, primarily in Europe where the European Union has established a hydrogen road map and initiated construction of hydrogen fueling stations.
An initial 17 units of the ix35 will be produced for fleet customers in the City of Copenhagen, Denmark and Skane, Sweden. After 2015, Hyundai will begin manufacturing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for consumer retail sales.