Hyundai Aims To Take Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Into Mass Production By 2015
With so much attention and focus on gas-powered hybrids or full electrified vehicles, one can be forgiven if Hydrogen-power had slipped from your mind. However, at least one car manufacturer (and there are others) have continued developing Hydrogen fuel cell alternatives and Hyundai in particular now appears ready to go mainstream with their Hydrogen vision for the future.
The Tucson ix FCEV has made its U.S. public debut at the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Conference in Washington, DC and by all accounts it is a show-stopper boasting a massive range of 400 miles on a single fueling which is a considerable 75%+ improvement over their previous version.
Hyundai will be rolling out 50 Hydrogen-powered Tucson ix FCEVs for expanded testing in 2011 with the goal of making a limited supply available for purchase by 2012. If all goes according to Hyundai’s plan, mass production of their Hydrogen FCEVs will be begin in 2015.
“The Tucson ix FCEV shows that Hyundai is taking a multi-faceted approach to improving fuel economy, developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles along with its patented Blue Drive technology,” said John Juriga, Powertrain Director at Hyundai Kia America Technical Center, Inc. “Hyundai is committed to developing a diverse portfolio of fuel efficient options for our customers, as seen with our Sonata Hybrid, turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine and the all-new 1.8-liter Nu engine delivering 40 mpg highway for the Elantra. The introduction of the new FCEV is just another example of all the things we’re doing to increase the ecological friendliness and the fuel economy of our products.”
Nobody really knows what technology will win in the long term, so we certainly applaud this ‘spread your bets’ approach that Hyundai is taking here.
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