Hyundai launches zero-emissions vehicle
The Hyundai Motor Company will begin production of a series of zero-emissions hydrogen ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles, making it the first automaker to manufacture this type of green car. The production will start in December 2012 at Hyundai’s Ulsan plant in South Korea, with a goal of manufacturing up to 1,000 of these eco cars by 2015 and an additional 10,000 after that.
Woong Chul Yang, the head of R&D at Hyundai, said that the new ix35 is the height of the automaker’s advanced engineering and is the company’s strongest dedication to being the leader in eco-friendly vehicles. It is no longer a dream to have zero-emissions cars, as the ix35 is on its way and ready for the roads, she adds.
The green car, which is powered by hydrogen, has a fuel cell pile which changes the hydrogen into electricity, which then turns the motor of the vehicles. Water is the only by-product created by the ix35 Fuel Cell, which is the brightest vehicle in the automaker’s Blue Drive line. Blue Drive vehicles are Hyundai’s cleanest cars and include the Sonata Hybrid, the BlueOn and the i20 Blue Drive.
C02 Emissions to Reduce by 80%
Governments worldwide are setting up regulations to reduce emissions, but solutions such as Hyundai’s zero-emissions ix35 Fuel Cell will turn out to be a big change in the auto industry. The eco car supports the European Union's 2009 agreement with the G8 countries to lower emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. It also complies with the zero-emissions regulations stipulated in the state of California.
The ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle prides itself in performance and drivability, which are similar to that of the automaker’s ix35 petrol model. The ix35 green car offers swift hydrogen refueling and has the ability to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 12.5 seconds. The vehicle has a top speed of 99mph and can travel for 365 miles without refueling.
Tuscon is a Popular Family Car
The ix35 petrol, which is also called the Tuscon, was chosen by Hyundai to be the first vehicle to be given this new technology, as it is the carmaker’s second best-selling vehicle in the European market. The current model is popular with businesses and families as a result of its driver-friendly functioning and five-passenger capacity.
Where do we Refill?
Several European governments have encouraged Hyundai, providing the carmaker with maps locating hydrogen infrastructure as well as funding. Several countries already have hydrogen fuelling stations and more are being built throughout the continent. It is predicted that the state of California and South Korea will also expand their current hydrogen fuelling stations to accommodate Hyundai’s new eco cars.
In 2011, the ix35 Fuel Cell was chosen to be a test-drive vehicle for many members of parliament throughout Europe, while in South Korea, it was used for transportation at the 2012 Yeosu Expo. In early 2012, the eco car set a record by driving from Oslo to Monaco, only filling at existing hydrogen fuelling stations along the way.
No Performance Issues!
Drivers will barely feel the difference between this green car and the conventional ix35 model, with the only disparity between the two vehicles the lack of noise from the engine. However, the most distinguishable difference will be the emissions, as the only thing that comes out of the Fuel Cell model’s tailpipe is water.