For over ten years we’ve been researching alternative fuels, not only to reduce CO2 emissions but to produce zero emissions. The results of our research have led us to become world leaders in producing fuel cell vehicles.
Fuel cell vehicles are powered by a chemical process using hydrogen fuel and oxygen. They emit no pollutants; only water and heat.
The ix35 was chosen to incorporate our latest fuel cell technology, the test model being able to travel up to 347 miles without stopping, with a top speed of 99 mph and 0-62 in 12.6 seconds. The ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle proved so successful that a number have recently been selected by the European Commission-backed Fuel Cell & Joint Undertaking to be used as demonstration vehicles to showcase real world feasibility.
Because we are an industry leader in zero emissions technology, we're involved in pilot schemes around the world.
In Norway, for example, we're supplying ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicles to public agencies, commercial fleets and taxi firms, in a scheme that will help develop the refuelling infrastructure that needs to be in place for hydrogen powered cars to become mainstream.
In fact, though, it's already possible to go a very long way on hydrogen. In April 2012, Norway's Zero Emission Resource Organisation (ZERO) drove two Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicles from Oslo to Monte Carlo, making only five stops at established refuelling stations along the route.
In February 2013 the world's first assembly line production of any fuel cell vehicle began with the ix35. By April 2013 we had joined the London Hydrogen Partnership with a view to demonstrating the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology, in the real world.
We aim to start mass production of the ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle in 2015, as part of our commitment to creating an environmentally sustainable automotive industry.