Hyundai completes development of its ix35 hydrogen FCEV

hyundai ix35 fcev

Hyundai has completed the development of its third-generation ix35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), and the vehicle will begin in-service testing next year in limited numbers, working towards a market debut in 2015.

The FCEV version of the ix35 (known as the Tucson here) is equipped with a 100 kW fuel cell system and two hydrogen storage tanks rated at 700bar, and offers a range of 650 km on a single charge, as well as a maximum speed of 160 kph.

Both the fuel cell stack and drive system’s output rating of the ix35 are identical to the previous generation Tucson FCEV, but the ix35 features a 21 kW battery for its energy storage system compared to the earlier 100 kW super capacity unit in the second-gen Tucson FCEV, which also had half the hydrogen capacity at 350bar.

The company says that the overall volume of the fuel cell system has been downsized by 20% compared to the previous system, via modularisation of bulky parts in the fuel cell system, including the fuel cell stack, balance of plant (BOP), inverter and the high voltage junction box.

Most impressively, the ix35’s working range is a 76% improvement over the previous offering, which had a 370 km range on one charge. In other numerical terms, the ix35 FCEV has a petrol equivalent fuel efficiency of 31 km per litre, a 15% improvement over the old one’s 27 km/l.

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  • zaidebb1 on Dec 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    650km on a single charge? fuyooo

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  • M-mealin on Dec 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    more n more electric car…good news 4 a green future…

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  • Carl Wong on Dec 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Hydrogen Fuel Cell = the emission free FUTURE !!!!!!!

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  • opaque on Dec 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    This is not a real EV. It uses hydrogen as fuel. Not a viable solution coz its expensive

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    • squawk on Dec 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      So was a hybrid system but they’re getting cheaper.

      But it’s good that they’re experimenting on many different fuel alternatives. No one yet knows for sure which will be the eventual winner.

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    • actually fuel cell car r also EV car…the diff fuel cell car produce its own electricity by chemical reaction bet hydrogen n O2 n store some electricity..normal EV store the electricity in battery n produce only little bit…..the letdown of fuel cell system is that when chemical reaction occur heat also produce n loss in energy hence reduce efficiency n efficiency depend on loading…Honda FCX Clarity claim only 60% tank-to-wheel efficiency

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  • Rockmebaby on Dec 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Now those taukeh at OPEC may want hatch a plan to payoff Hyundai so that Hyundai will stop developing or selling this technology….
    For the dude name Opaque (I like to think u are one of those cybertropper employed by OPEC), hydrogen is the most plenty thing in the world.
    We can just use all renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro electrc & etc) or even the hated nuclear generator to convert all seawater into Hydrogen & Oksigen.
    Nice & clean with fresh air tp breath too.
    The only bad thing is that, all those highly paid petroleum corporation employees & the Arabs may not be able to live the luxury life they are enjoying now…
    I, for once really love to see this happened LOL

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    • but u must remember most efficient way to get hydrogen not from water or salt water but from natural gas…produce hydrogen look easy with water but in reality is it uses more energy(electricity) than hydrogen produce (use to produce energy-electricity)…..i think nuclear power from nuclear fusion (not fission) way of future..

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  • shantrol on Dec 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Tq….. nice ..! hopefully i can get it

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