Hyundai has recently showcased its latest-generation vehicle that uses hydrogen fuel-cell technology in London. This new ecofriendly car, the ix35 aka Tucson fuel-cell electric vehicle is scheduled to launch in the United Kingdom later this year. According to the company, they will slowly increase their production in the next few years.
What is fuel-cell? Is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Hydrogen is the most common fuel, but hydrocarbons such as natural gas and alcohols like methanol are sometimes used. Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to run, but they can produce electricity continuously for as long as these inputs are supplied [Wikipedia].
According to the company, the ix35 is their third-generation fuel-cell vehicle. It presents a strong case for being a truly viable everyday car, retaining the safety, equipment, convenience and performance of the conventionally-powered ix35, yet producing zero exhaust emissions.
The ix35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) equipped with a 100-kw fuel cell stack and two hydrogen storage tanks that allowed you to drive it at a maximum speeds up to 100 mph, and it can travel up to 325 miles on a single refueling. The company has plans to commercialize this vehicle by the end of 2012 with an initial production run of 1,000 fuel-cell vehicles. While the mass production of ix35 FCEV is scheduled for 2015.
[ Via Nextgreencar ]