Fuel cell vehicles promise to revolutionize the world of motoring, but unfortunately they've been limited by small production runs and few refueling stations.
Hyundai is hoping to change that as the first production ix35 Fuel Cell has rolled off the assembly line at the company's plant in Ulsan, South Korea. Destined to become a fleet vehicle for the City of Copenhagen or Skåne, Sweden, the model will be one of 17 ix35 FCs used by the municipalities.
Hyundai plans to build 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cells, by 2015, which will be primarily targeted at European governments and private fleets. After 2015, Hyundai believes lowered production costs and an improved hydrogen infrastructure will enable the company to begin producing FCVs for retail customers.
As we have previously reported, the model has a fuel cell stack that converts hydrogen into electricity which powers an electric motor. This enables the ix35 FC to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.5 seconds, hit a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and travel up to 594 km (369 miles) on a single tank of hydrogen.