Hyundai completes development of ix35 Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle
MEDIA RELEASE 23rd December, 2010
Hyundai Motor Company has completed the development of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle - the ix35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). In-service testing will begin next year with an aim to commence mass production in 2015.
Hyundai’s third-generation FCEV is equipped with a 100-kilowatt fuel cell system, and two hydrogen storage tanks (700bar). The ix35 FCEV can travel 650 kilometres on a single charge – a range equal to a conventional petrol-powered car – and can start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.
The ix35 FCEV’s range is a 76-percent improvement over the previous generation which was limited to 370 kilometres on one charge. This new model achieves a petrol equivalent fuel efficiency of 31 kilometres per litre, a 15-percent improvement over the previous generation.
More than 95-percent of the ix35 FCEV’s major components were made with Korean technology through close collaboration with about 120 domestic auto parts manufacturers. Overall volume of the fuel cell system has been downsized by 20-percent, compared to the previous system via modularisation of bulky parts in the fuel cell system including the fuel cell stack, balance of plant (BOP), inverter and the high voltage junction box.
Hyundai has taken part in the `Learning Demonstration Program’ organised by the U.S. Department of Energy between 2004 and 2009. In 2011, 48 of the ix35 FCEVs will be part of a `Domestic Fleet Program’ supported by the South Korean government.
To date, Hyundai has registered more than 2 million kilometres of testing of its hydrogen vehicles. Hyundai plans to build a limited volume of the ix35 FCEVs in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015.