Korean car company Hyundai has just delivered its first batch of hydrogen-powered ix35s – the world’s first hydrogen production car – to paying customers. Six vehicles have been bought by companies in the UK including; Transport for London, Air Products and ITM Power, and are now being driven on UK roads.
Making this technology stand out from the current batch of electric cars, hydrogen-powered vehicles should be able to avoid the issue of “range anxiety” experienced by many electric car owners – where drivers are often concerned about being able to complete their journey without running out of charge. The new ix35 Fuel Cell should be capable of travelling over 350 miles per tank, and refilling is as simply as with a conventional petrol or diesel pump.
The introduction of this new model follows the development of Hyundai’s hydrogen technology since 1998, with the company now planning to introduce its hydrogen model to other markets around the world.
Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, stated: “Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry.
“Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure.”
Building on this, Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London for business and enterprise added: “I firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology will eventually replace the internal combustion engine but we have to show the public the vehicles, let them kick the tyres and demonstrate that it is more than just a science fiction story, it works and can be used in a very similar manner to the cars they are used to.”
Though these first six hydrogen Hyundais have gone to a few select companies, the company now says that other buyers in the UK can order a hydrogen model for delivery in early 2015. We’d recommend that you might want to work out where your nearest hydrogen filling station is first though…