The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the first hydrogen-powered car to be permanently imported into Australia. This amazing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is a marvel of modern engineering. It runs on hydrogen and emits nothing but water from its exhaust pipe - while giving its driver the same kind of range, practicality and refuelling time as any 'ordinary' ix35. As there are no hydrogen refuelling stations in Australia, we build at our Macquarie Park headquarters in Sydney. So now Hyundai is leading the way with Australia's only hydrogen car, and Australia's only hydrogen refueller.
In marrying our new fuel cell technology with the ix35 we wanted a vehicle that could match or exceed its combustion engine counterparts at every turn. We put its power, reliability and longevity to the test, logging over 3 million kilometres in some of the most extreme driving conditions on Earth - from the blistering heat of Death Valley to the Baltic ice fields of frozen Sweden.
While rapid charging of an Electric Vehicle takes a minimum of 30 minutes (6 hours using the normal charging process), it only takes 3 to 5 minutes to fully fuel the ix35 Fuel Cell and a full tank at 700bar pressure could give an operating range of 594 kilometres. And as a pioneer of Hydrogen fuel cell technology, we're working across the world to help develop a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.
The evolution of fuel cell vehicle technology.
In 1998 we established our first Fuel Cell Unit, and took our first steps on one of the most challenging and rewarding journeys we have ever undertaken.
Turning possibility into reality.
Though a fuel cell vehicle may look like any other car, underneath it has a completely different anatomy. The fuel cell at the heart of the technology works by passing hydrogen and air through a fuel cell stack. A chemical reaction within the stack generates electrical power to drive the vehicle while emitting nothing but water vapour and heat.
Hydrogen is the alternative energy source with the greatest potential. Whether it's the hydrogen fuel tank or cabin space, ix35 Fuel Cell has undergone countless safety tests to make sure you enjoy the ultimate level of safety.
In a comparison fire safety test conducted with internal combustion engine vehicles, it performed outstandingly: unlike the internal combustion engine vehicle, which lacks the high-pressure fuel tank and sensors, the ix35 Fuel Cell averted explosion by sensing the fire's heat and emitting hydrogen safely.
Fabricated from aluminium alloy and carbon composite, hydrogen tanks have passed numerous tests and verification, including burst tests in pressures higher than working pressure, drop tests in accident scenarios and crash tests involving guns, to be certified as safe for mass production.
Crash tests were conducted for the ix35 Fuel Cell in the same condition that the internal combustion engine vehicles were. In various collision simulations, e.g. front-end, rear-end and broadside, the car showed excellent safety performance by demonstrating mostly normal operation without damage to the hydrogen tank and without hydrogen leakage.
The ix35 Fuel Cell comes with 6 airbags: dual front airbags for the driver and passenger plus dual front seat mounted airbags and dual side curtain airbags for added protection.
In the event of a rear-end collision, active headrests will adjust themselves taking into consideration the size and weight of the person in the seat to minimise neck injury.
4 hydrogen sensors strategically located inside the vehicle to detect inflow of hydrogen due to leakage.
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