Emission impossible as Hyundai leads the way
EMISSION-FREE hydrogen powered vehicles will soon be operating in London but assurances have been give regarding the north.
While not the first of their kind – that rosette goes to the BMW 7 series – the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell models can claim to be the first production cars of this type in the world.
These vehicles are emissions free and have a range of up to 369 miles. They are powered by liquid-hydrogen stored in the car at a very low temperature.
As it mixes with air in the combustion process, it burns instantly and efficiently. The vapour, released via the exhaust, dissipates the instant it comes into contact with air.
The plan is for the first tranche to be leased to key public and private fleet users in the capital. But Hyundai is working with a Sheffieldbased company to expand the hydrogen infrastructure into Yorkshire so that we too will have the option of driving under hydrogen power.
Hyundai has pledged to produce 1,000 of these vehicles between now and 2015.
Built on the same production line in Ulsan, Korea as the Tucson, the majority are destined for Europe where CO2 reduction is an integral part of the EU automotive policy.
CLEAN MACHINE: The hydrogen powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell