Hyundai has announced that production of the ix35 Fuel Cell is about to start and the first units will be available towards the end of the year via public and private leases. It will be manufactured at the firm’s Ulsan plant in Korea, and Hyundai hopes that within three years they’ll have more than 1,000 cars on the road. If there will be enough demand, the automaker is willing to put the car into mass production.
It features a fuel stack that can convert hydrogen into electricity which will charge the car’s 24 kW lithium-polymer battery that powers the engine. To provide the necessary oxygen to the fuel cell stack it uses ambient air instead of compressed air, which according to Hyundai increases efficiency by up to 50 percent while at the same time lowers the interior cabin noise.
The ix35 Fuel Cell is capable of travelling up to 365 miles (587 km) before refueling, a process that takes just a few minutes. It can perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 12.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).