Korean carmaker Hyundai has been developing a fuel-cell version of its well known ix35 crossover and the good news is that the first production-spec examples of the zero-emissions vehicle have left the production line. The carmaker wants to produce 1.000 examples by 2015. All will be produced in the city of Ulsan and so that you know, the final version of the vehicle is actually the result of 14 years of in-house research.
The model was actually test last year during a 2.246 km trip on the European roads. The whole trip lasted five days and the car received fuel from publicly available hydrogen fueling stations. The new model has a 600 km maximum range and the electric motor that powers it enables the ix35 to accelerate from o to 100 km/h in 12.5 seconds and to reach a top speed of 160 km/h. It turns out that 17 of the cars are already spoken for and 15 of them are going to Copenhagen in Denmark, and tow of them will go to Skane, in Sweden.
The capital city of Denmark has made a commitment to get rid of carbon-emitting vehicle completely by 2025. The rest of the vehicles will be leased and will be not sold to public and private fleets. Most of them will go across Europe. Unfortunately there are no news regarding the introduction of the Hyundai ix35 in the US, but we will see. The bad news is that the technology is very expensive and so we will not be able to see fuel-cell vehicles sharing the showroom floor with normal cars for a few years more. Well folks, this is all for the moment. Please enjoy the photo gallery we have prepared.
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