Emis­sion im­pos­si­ble as Hyundai leads the way

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

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

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