Hyundai Tucson ix35

Hyundai Tucson ix35

Hyundai is introducing its hydrogen fuel cell ix35 in the UK.

The price set on the British market stands at £67,985 (some $103,000).

After deducting nearly £15,000 through funding from the HyFive project, the price comes down to a nifty £53,105 (over $80,000), if you qualify.

HyFive consortium has a goal of deploying 110 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Europe.

Separately, HyFive will support installation of three hydrogen refueling stations in the London area for a total five by the end of this year. Will the stations be free to use? We don't know yet.

According to Hyundai, the "world’s first mass produced fuel cell electric vehicle" Tucson ix35 is present (in limited numbers) in 15 countries (11 in Europe).

We are not big enthusiasts of hydrogen fuel cells, nor do we see this as viable transportation option, so we typically cover such vehicles just for point of reference, as compared to electric cars.

Interesting is that on many websites, Hyundai states battery capacity at 24 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery from LG Chem, while it's really just 0.95 kWh with 24 kW peak power.

"The ix35 Fuel Cell is equipped with a 100kW (136ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 100mph (160km/h). Two hydrogen storage tanks, with a total capacity of 5.64kg, enable the vehicle to travel a total of up to 369 miles (594km) on a single fill, and it can reliably start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius. The energy is stored in a 24kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, jointly developed with LG Chemical.

These impressive figures are the result of years of development by Hyundai’s research and development teams in Korea and around the world. The latest Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the fourth-generation fuel cell-powered electric vehicle from Hyundai. This generation delivers significant improvements over its predecessor, including a driving range that has been extended by more than 50% while still producing zero tailpipe emissions, and fuel efficiency gains of more than 15%."