Hyundai’s groundbreaking ix35 Fuel Cell has been selected to demonstrate the real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology for the third consecutive year by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Undertaking (FCH JU) which has been backed by the European Union (EU).
The President of Hyundai Motor Europe, Byung Kwon Rhim, stated that: “The fact that the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has been chosen for a third consecutive year underlines the vehicle’s pioneering approach to clean mobility solutions. Hyundai Motor and our colleagues at the FCH-JU will continue to work together to promote the benefits and advantages of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.”
The ix35 Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass production hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and will be driven by members of the European Parliament, European Commissioners, EU officials and other policymakers attending the EU parliament in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Several high ranking EU member states, such as Germany, Sweden, France and the UK, have begun taking delivery of the ix35 Fuel Cell as the EU has already established a hydrogen roadmap and begun the construction of hydrogen refueling stations across some member states. The ix35 Fuel Cell has also recently seen increased interest across the USA since its commercial launch.
Hyundai have been developing the technology behind fuel cell electric vehicles since 1998 and since the unveiling of the ix35 Fuel Cell in 2010, they have been constantly updating and improving the ix35. Hydrogen fuel cells work by passing hydrogen through plastic membranes and plates that have been coated with platinum, a process that produces electricity and water vapour. Hyundai has also recently released images of its latest hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle, the Intrado, as well as their innovative hydrogen extraction plants that farm fuel from human waste.
While there are no clear indications when the ix35 Fuel Cell will be available in South Africa, we can still be more than content with the economical and stunning Hyundai ix35.
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