Hyundai Motor delivers next wave of hydrogen-powered ix35 Fuel Cell

  • Six vehicles delivered in London and two in Rotterdam
  • Further confirms Hyundai’s commitment to hydrogen-powered mobility
  • ix35 Fuel Cell is world’s first mass production Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

- Hyundai Motor has delivered a further eight units of its pioneering ix35 Fuel Cell to two of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

Continuing the company’s roll-out of the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-fuelled vehicle, companies in London and Rotterdam have now taken ownership.

Organisations in the UK including Transport for London, Air Product, Johnson Matthey and ITM Power have each taken delivery of an ix35 Fuel Cell for operation across the country, while Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch road authority) now has two examples.

To coincide with the delivery of the two zero-emission cars to Rijkswaterstaadt, a new hydrogen refuelling station will be officially opened by the Dutch Environment Minister, Wilma Mansveld. 

The increasing uptake of ix35 Fuel Cell symbolises the growing importance of fuel cell electric vehicles in Europe. We believe hydrogen is the fuel of the future, providing long-range driving with no tailpipe emissions. With key organisations across the region now operating ix35 Fuel Cell, it’s further testament to the future of hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

Allan RushforthSenior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe

Hyundai has been researching and developing fuel cell technologies since 1998, with the ix35 Fuel Cell becoming the world’s first mass-produced FCEV in January 2013.

In an independent test, ix35 Fuel Cell recently recorded its longest ever journey on one tank, travelling an impressive 700 km - 100 km more than the estimated range. It was driven by independent advisors to the Norwegian non-profit climate change foundation, Zero Emission Resource Organisation – or ‘ZERO’.

In London, three vehicles have been funded through the European hydrogen initiative HyTEC, while the vehicle delivered to ITM power is part of Hyundai’s contribution to the HyFIVE agreement. The ix35 Fuel Cells in Rotterdam have been funded by Rijkswaterstaat.

At the beginning of 2014, Hyundai announced its involvement with the HyFIVE and HyTEC projects, both of which form part of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which aims to strengthen the hydrogen infrastructure in Europe.

The ix35 Fuel Cell generates zero harmful tailpipe emissions and is fitted with a 100 kW (136 ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. A pair of hydrogen storage tanks, located between the vehicle’s rear wheels, enable the vehicle to travel up to 594 km on a single fuelling.

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