The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the hydrogen powered version of the manufacturer's crossover vehicle and represents the future of motoring. But why? In contrast to fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel – the manufacturer explains – the supply of hydrogen is abundant as it makes-up 75% of the universe.
Furthermore, its consumption does not produce pollutants such as carbon monoxide that harm the environment and public health. The only output through the tailpipe is water vapour, in fact. These strengths suggest cars of this nature will become popular in the near future.
How It Works
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell incorporates high-pressure tanks that store fuel. This hydrogen is only available from a handful of outlets, but more will follow. Unlike electric vehicles that have to be plugged-in and charged for some time, refuelling this crossover class vehicle only takes a few minutes.
Pressing the throttle pumps hydrogen into a fuel cell where it is mixed with air. The following chemical reaction produces electricity which powers the electric motor. This, in turn, spins the wheels. On the road, this futuristic workhorse feels like an electric only vehicle and is easy to drive. No special skill is required, in other words.
Power And Range
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell produces 135PS. 0 – 62mph takes 12.5 seconds and top speed is 99mph. Maximum range is 369 miles which – unlike electric models - is comparable to a petrol/diesel. Its motor also “reliably” starts in temperatures as low as -25 Celsius.
The ix35 Fuel Cell recently won the Innovation Award at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards.
Alisdair Suttie, The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers President, explained: “The winner of our Design/Innovation category is from a manufacturer that’s renowned for its forward thinking. What we particularly like about the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is that it normalises hydrogen power by using a bodystyle that happens to be the marque’s second best-seller in Scotland. Hyundai deserves credit for bringing a fuel cell car to UK roads to promote what’s increasingly looking like the best way to achieve zero emissions without limiting driving range.”
Robin Hayles, Special Vehicles Manager for Hyundai Motor UK, added: “Hyundai has been developing this technology since 1998, and in October 2014 we saw the arrival of the first mass-production fuel cell vehicles in the UK. Additionally, this year it officially became possible for both private and fleet customers to purchase one.”
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell prices start from £53,105 on the road.