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Hyundai delivers world’s first production hydrogen car

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All the green car limelight may have been directed at electric cars over the last few years, but Hyundai has quietly released the world’s first production hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, the Hyundai ix35.

The Korean company has just delivered the first batch of six hydrogen-fuelled ix35 compact off-roaders to paying customers at several companies including Transport for London, Air Products and ITM Power.

Where this hydrogen technology stands out from conventional electric cars is in the way that the fuel tank can be topped up as easily as with that of a petrol or diesel car. This means that owners can not only bypass the need for lengthy recharging sessions, as with nearly all battery-electric cars, but they also don’t have to worry about running out of charge after as little as 100 miles; Hyundai claims that this new model is capable of covering more than 350 miles per tank.

This new car is the result of Hyundai’s research into hydrogen-powered cars that has been underway since 1998. This fuel cell that powers this machine uses hydrogen to generate electricity, with water created as the only by-product. Following the release of this model the company now plans to introduce this hydrogen machine into other markets around the globe.

President and CEO of Hyundai UK, Tony Whitehorn, describes deliveries of this new model as representing a “huge landmark for the industry.”

“Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure.”

While the first small batch of hydrogen-powered vehicles has been delivered to just a few companies, other UK buyers can order their own hydrogen-powered vehicle now, with the first vehicles scheduled to be delivered in early 2015.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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