Hyundai completes development of 3rd generation fuel cell vehicle; targeting mass production in 2015
|Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. Click to enlarge.|
Hyundai Motor Company has completed development of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle—the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)—and will begin testing next year with an eye toward 2015 mass production. (Earlier post.)
Hyundai’s third-generation FCEV is equipped with a 100kW fuel cell system and two hydrogen storage tanks (700 bar). The SUV has a full-tank range of 650 kilometers (404 miles)—equal to that of a gasoline-powered car. It can start in temperatures as low as -25 °C (-12 °F).
The Tucson ix FCEV’s range is a 76% improvement over the second-generation Tucson FCEV, which was limited to 370 kilometers (230 miles) on one filling. The new model gets gasoline equivalent fuel efficiency of 31 kilometers per liter (73 mpg US), a 15% improvement over the previous version. (Earlier post.)
More than 95% of the Tucson ix FCEV’s major components were made with Korean technology through close collaboration with about 120 domestic auto parts manufacturers. Overall volume of the fuel cell system was downsized by 20% compared to the previous system via modularization of bulky parts in the fuel cell system including fuel cell stack, balance of plant (BOP), inverter and high voltage junction box.
Hyundai took part in the Learning Demonstration Program organized by the US Department of Energy between 2004 and 2009. Next year, 48 Tucson ix FCEVs will be part of a Domestic Fleet Program supported by the Korean government.
Hyundai hydrogen vehicles have so far registered more than 2 million kilometers. Hyundai plans to make a limited supply of the Tucson ix FCEV in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015. Hyundai unveiled a cutaway version of the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
|Comparison of new Tucson ix FCEV (3rd generation) and Tucson FCEV (2nd generation)|
|ix FCEV||Tucson FCEV|
|Fuel cell stack output||100 kW||100 kW|
|Drive system||100 kW||100 kW|
|Energy Storage System||21 kW
|Hydrogen storage||700 bar,
|Max. speed||160 km/h||160 km/h|
|Gasoline equivalent fuel efficiency||31 km/L
(73 mpg US, 3.23 L/100km)
(64 mpg US, 3.7 L/100km)
|Max. range||650 km