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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Completes ’50 Day Driving Challenge’

Celebrities get behind the wheel of the eco-SUV to emulate the routes of London Black Cabs

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell completes ’50 day Driving Challenge’

The world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle the Hyundai ix35 has completed a 50-day driving challenge in London covering all the routes that London Black cab drivers need to know before they obtain a licence. 

The Route

The drive was mapped by the Ordnance Survey team that delivered the Olympic torch route, this was the first time the famous Knowledge has ever been routed as one continuous drive to cover every street. The Hyundai photographed and filmed every central London street, covering a total of 2092 miles.

Special equipment fitted to the car enabled it to capture 503,919 images all which have been used to create a 6m x 2m mosaic, a fantastic digital continuous image of all London’s streets. The mosaic of images will go on display at the City Hall in London as part of London’s Hydrogen Week in March next year. 

The world’s most advanced alternative fuel vehicle

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle emits just water vapour so there are no harmful tailpipe emissions. The car can travel more than three hundred and fifty miles in real-world driving conditions before requiring any refuelling.

The two hydrogen storage tanks fitted to the car have a total capacity of 5.64kg which enable the vehicle to travel so far on a single fill, this makes the ix35 a great practical green alternative to conventionally fuelled cars. It is capable of 0-62mph in 12.5 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 100mph.

Three minutes is the time that is needed to refuel the ix35 Fuel Cell.  Similar to an electric vehicle the Hyundai ix35 is almost totally silent when in operation

Celebrity Drivers 

The challenge was completed by 127 drivers including celebrities. British Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams and WRC driver and co-driver Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul plus reality TV star Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea. 

HyFive Project

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is priced from £53,105 but there is also part-funding from the HyFive project. The HyFive project is a European project with an aim to deliver one hundred and ten fuel cell electric vehicles from the Hyfive consortium which is made up from five global companies including Hyundai.

The ix35 Fuel Cell is almost certain to be a winner it has already been selected for the FuturAuto accolade for becoming the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle to be commercially available.