The crossover SUV is priced from $53,105, which includes a $14,880 grant from the HyFive project – a European project that aims to deploy 110 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from five global automotive companies.
The project will also contribute to the establishment of another three hydrogen refuelling stations in the London area, which will help create a total of five publically accessible filling stations in London by the end of 2015 (there is also one currently in Swindon).
The Hyundai ix35 is the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle and has been sold to selected customers (in the corporate and public sectors) since 2013. Vehicles are already on the road in 15 countries around the world, including 11 in Europe.
The ix35 Fuel Cell is equipped with a 133bhp electric motor that enables it to hit a top speed of 100mph. The hydrogen is stored in two tanks, with a total capacity of 5.64kg, which give it a range of up to 369 miles on a single fill. Hyundai also claims that it can reliably start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius. The energy is stored in a 24kWh lithium-ion polymer battery.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the fourth-generation fuel cell-powered electric vehicle from Hyundai, the Korean carmaker learning from previous incarnations and able to make improvements in aspects such as range, which the company claims has been extended by more than 50%, plus fuel efficiency gains of more than 15%.