Hyundai Motor plans to deliver 75 units of its hydrogen-powered ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle as part of the largest ever pan-European fuel-cell passenger car project. The Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) project, funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, will see deliveries made in Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart. (Earlier post.)
As part of the project, the existing pan-European re-fueling infrastructure will be expanded significantly, providing greater choice and convenience to early adopters of fuel cell electric vehicle technology.
Hyundai Motor has been a world leader in the development of hydrogen fuel-cell technology since 1998, and this latest partnership will help to further raise awareness of hydrogen power as a long-term transport solution. By delivering more vehicles for use on Europe’s roads, we will work with the other project partners to advance the awareness, understanding, viability and uptake of vehicles such as ix35 Fuel Cell.—Byung Kwon Rhim, President of Hyundai Motor Europe
The Euro HyFIVE project is being managed by the Greater London Authority. Partners include vehicle manufacturers BMW, Daimler, Honda and Toyota, and industrial gas companies Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, ITM Power, Linde and OMV. Other signatories include energy consultancies and the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
In total, the project aims to deliver 110 fuel-cell vehicles from the five manufacturers, including the 75 from Hyundai Motor.
Hyundai Motor has already supplied examples of the ix35 Fuel Cell to customers in Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. The ix35 Fuel Cell is fitted with a 100 kW (136 ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 99 mph (159 km/h). A pair of hydrogen tanks, located between the vehicle’s rear wheels, enable the vehicle to travel up to 369 miles (594 km) on a single fueling.