Green Car Congress: Five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles joining London hydrogen project

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Green Car Congress: Five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles joining London hydrogen project
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These fuel cell vehicles will be leased to key public and private fleet users in the capital. They are among the first of 1,000 examples that Hyundai has committed to produce between now and 2015 and are built on the same production line in Ulsan, Korea as the Tucson.

The majority of those 1,000 cars will be available in Europe where the European Commission has established a number of schemes, such as the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), to promote the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier.

Although Hyundai has been developing its fuel cell vehicles for more than 15 years, it is only with the start of a viable hydrogen refueling network in place that it is considering putting a fuel cell car into series production, the company said.

Two hydrogen fuel stations are already open in Londonone of which has public accesswith a third to come as part of the LHNE project. A further three fueling stations are planned by 2015, by which time it is expected that the number of fuel cell vehicles in London will have risen ten-fold from the initial five to at least 50 or more including passenger cars, buses and scooters.

The work of the London Hydrogen Partnership and other projects has really catapulted London towards the forefront of the move to a hydrogen future. Battery electric vehicles are a great technology but like the fax machine they are only temporary and there is a great deal of consumer resistance towards them for all manner of reasons, including range and the time it takes to recharge them.

Even though we have around 1,300 charging points in the capital you cannot guarantee getting a space outside your house to charge overnight: London is just too densely populated.

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For me, hydrogen cracks all those problems and it also solves other issues along the way such as making best use of wind energy, for example. We also produce a huge amount of waste and we are looking at schemes that convert biomass into hydrogen. So as well as producing a clean fuel we would be reducing the amount of waste we put into landfill.

These are early days, but I am tremendously excited by the prospects of London’s hydrogen future.

Kit Malthouse, London Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership

The London Hydrogen Partnership has initiated more than £50 million (US$76 million) worth of hydrogen projects already. Its partners have been involved in the implementation of the two existing refueling stations, the operation of five fuel cell London buses which joined the Transport for London fleet in 2011, with another three to join in 2013, as well as a fleet of hydrogen iconic London taxis, fueled by hydrogen. Hyundai joined the LHP earlier this year. (Earlier post .)

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. Hyundai chose the ix35 as the basis for its first production fuel cell vehicle partly due to the appeal of the conventional version. In creating the fuel cell version, Hyundai’s engineers have ensured that the installation of the fuel cell stack, hydrogen tanks, batteries and other key control systems of the drivetrain have not impacted on the usability of the car.

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