Hyundai ix35: This hydrogen power’s a blast – Motoring – NZ Herald News

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Hyundai ix35

: This power’s a blast

Fuel car for the mass market is finally on its way

ix45 hydrogen fuel SUV. Photo / Supplied

An at a Hyundai Motors development just out of Seoul doesn’t to go home – not because of his life but because he can’t with him an exclusive vehicle launched by the company.

During the he tests a Hyundai ix35 cell SUV, the world’s mass production hydrogen

The engineer doesn’t like any other car and doesn’t like home at weekends because he the silence of the hydrogen car, Dr Sae Hoon Kim.

As principal of fuel cell vehicles at the Research and Development centre, out of Seoul, Dr Kim has worked for Hyundai for the 10 years refining the product was first developed by the company in

By 2000, the first fuel vehicle was produced. Based on the Fe SUV, the price of that vehicle was US$1 million. years later you’d pay NZ$250,000 for an ix35 fuel SUV, though Hyundai officially confirm the price.

in use as trial fleet vehicles in Brussels, London and Seoul, plans to have 1000 of the fuel cell vehicles by 2015, with plans for a of 10,000 in the following years.

Car around the world are looking for that run on alternative fuels. is famous for its hybrids, while Nissan and Mitsubishi are focusing on vehicles.

For a while Hyundai both bases, producing a Sonata (known as i45 in New Zealand) and EV. But due to range anxiety – drivers were worried electric vehicle would run out of far away from any charging – Hyundai isn’t for plug-ins.

The market isn’t ready for EVs, said Hyundai’s of global communications, Frank We don’t think the volume is yet.

So now the company is looking at as a fuel source, not only for its but also for its zero carbon – an important factor as the EU lower and lower emissions car manufacturers.

Hyundai isn’t the car manufacturer to produce a hydrogen

Daimler looks set to have one in by 2015 while BMW manufactured 100 edition Hydrogen 7 sedans also had a petrol engine.

As one of a few outside of Europe to drive Driven was in Korea as part of publicity plan for the hydrogen

When people think they think Toyota, so people think hydrogen, we them to think Hyundai, Ahrens.

The vehicle’s range is with a top speed of 160km/h. It only three minutes to with hydrogen as opposed to 30 at the minimum for EVs.

It was tested four million kms including temperatures and snow in Sweden.

from overcoming freezing the ix35 had to deal with safety with the inclusion of sensors that detect and leakage as well as safety that block or ventilate in an emergence situation, while the tanks have to be certified for production.

What isn’t for mass production is fuel for the with only 165 official fuelling stations in the world box at right).

So, how does the ix35 fuel SUV work?

In simple terms as I failed School Certificate the hydrogen from two tanks at the rear of the vehicle interacts oxygen in a platinum-line fuel stack under the bonnet, electricity which powers the

The result is not only silent but the only byproduct is water the exhaust – and that’s water. Just ask an Aussie He demanded he try the water from a version a couple of years ago so a was placed under the exhaust and on he drank the byproduct.

Luckily I had a of water on hand.

Apart the silence, the most immediate of the fuel cell car is the torque.

Dr Kim said that although 0-100km/h the hydrogen ix35 take 12.5 seconds with 10.6 seconds in a ix35, from zero to the hydrogen would win.

Hyundai ix35

A test was to come to a complete then hit the accelerator. The vehicle off like a sports car – to the alarm of the engineer seated me.

It was so much fun that I did the stop-zoom throughout my drive.

This will impress in its trial around the world. It’s at the at 50km/h driving.

And will we be to see it around New Zealand cities? yes, you could buy one from NZ – but you would need own hydrogen fuelling station, its boss Andy Sinclair.

ix45 fuel cell Photo / Liz Dobson

To paraphrase the famous line Kevin Costner’s film of Dreams, Hyundai Motors is that ”if we build it, will come. ” its hydrogen fuelling stations.

are 80 hydrogen fuelling stations in the Union, 13 in Korea, and 72 in the US – and are the official ones.

Unofficially, is a byproduct at many chemical in South Korea so

”they all hydrogen pipes”, said Dr Sae Kim, head engineer of the cell

vehicle at Hyundai’s centre.

While fuelling are ”quite compact”, Dr Kim said still needs to be the

worldwide ”Without fuelling stations you have development.”

By 2015, will be 43 stations in South and more in the US.

New Zealand has no fuelling

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