Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Rolls Off Assembly Line in Korea

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Rolls Off Assembly Line in Korea
Hyundai Motor Co. saw the world’s first assembly-line fuel cell vehicle rolled out at its Ulsan manufacturing plant in Korea, when its Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell – a hydrogen-powered, zero-emissions vehicle – was deemed ready for fleet use.
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is a major breakthrough for Hyundai who look to turn the Korean city of Ulsan into the world’s landmark for eco-friendly automobiles.
Where are they going?
For now, the first 17 of these zero-emission vehicles will be delivered to customers in Denmark and Sweden; 15 will make their way to Denmark, where the City of Copenhagen aims to achieve a carbon-free environment by 2025. Two of the remaining Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell cars will be sent to Skåne, Sweden.
Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman, Eok Jo Kim, said at the grand event that, “The Hyundai ix35 (Tucson, as it is knows locally) Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry and proves that hydrogen fuel cell technology in daily driving is no longer a dream.”
The future of the hydrogen fuel cell
By the year 2015, Hyundai aims to build 1,000 Tucson Fuel Cell cars for lease to public and private fleets, primarily in Europe; relative to the European Union’s initiatives to develop fuel cell refuelling stations around the place in preparing for the mass production of hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Post year 2015 will see Hyundai really kick into action with its fuel cell technology, after the infrastructure is in place to do so. Only then will we see fuel cell vehicles ready for consumer buying.
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell How does it work?
Plainly, it runs on hydrogen; the most abundant resource in the world (water, pretty much). A fuel cell stack converts hydrogen into electricity, which then powers the Hyundai Tucson’s electric motor.
Hyundai claim that the performance of its Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will be similar to that of its petrol counterpart; it also takes just as long to refill its tanks, unlike full EV cars that need hours to recharge. A full tank of hydrogen will run for almost 600km! (594km is we’re being pedantic).
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell’s performance figures show 0-100km/h in a respectable 12.5 seconds, and top speeds of 160km/h.
SPECS: Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
Top speed: 160km/h
0-100km/h: 12.5 seconds
Energy storage system: 24kW battery
Driving range: 594km
Emissions: Water vapour

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