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The first ix35 Fuel Cell customer vehicles have arrived in the UK, continuing Hyundai’s global rollout of the world’s first series-production hydrogen-fuelled car.

Hyundai is the first car manufacturer to supply these zero-emission vehicles to paying customers in the UK, paving the way for growth of the clean technology, having led its research and development since 1998.

The arrival of ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles comes just days after business minister Matthew Hancock announced US$17.6m of UK government and industry funding to support hydrogen transport. This continued investment in the sector through 2015 will expand the nationwide hydrogen refueling station network, boosting consumer confidence and increasing uptake of fuel cell vehicles.

 

“Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry,” says Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK. “Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refueling infrastructure.”

Among the first to enjoy operating the pioneering vehicles on UK roads are organizations including Air Products, ITM Power, Johnson Matthey and Transport for London.

 

“I firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology will eventually replace the internal combustion engine,” says deputy mayor of London for business and enterprise Kit Malthouse. “But we have to show the public the vehicles, let them kick the tires and demonstrate that it is more than just a science fiction story, it works and can be used in a very similar manner to the cars they are used to. That is why these new vehicles are so important, it is about putting the technology on the street and taking the first steps towards a viable hydrogen future both in London and nationwide.”

Promoting the adoption of fuel cell vehicles in the UK, Hyundai is part of a number of collaborative projects. These include London’s Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE), a project backed by Innovate, and Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE). Hyundai is also a supplier to HyTEC, which, alongside HyFIVE, is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). In addition, Hyundai Motor UK is also a participant in the UKH2 Mobility project that has played a key part in advising government.

 

With no harmful tailpipe emissions, ix35 Fuel Cell can travel more than 560km in real-world driving conditions before refueling, which is a quick and easy process, similar to refueling a petrol or diesel vehicle.

UK consumers can order ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles by contacting Hyundai UK directly. Coordinating deliveries worldwide, Hyundai will fulfill new customer deliveries in early 2015.

22 October 2014


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