Hyundai to start testing its Tucson FCEV ix with mass production planned for 2015

While the plug-in electric vehicle (EV), such as Nissan and Chevy Volt LEAF are making a play for the attention of environmentally conscious consumers, some automakers believe fuel cell vehicles are hydrogen the way forward as they may be filled up in minutes instead of hours needed to recharge electric vehicles. One of the companies formed to bring fuel cell electric vehicles to dealers is Hyundai, which recently completed the development of ix Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). Hyundai will begin testing the vehicle next year, aiming to start mass production in 2015.

Ix The Tucson FCEV is Hyundai FCEV third generation following the original 2005 in Tucson FCEV was a test vehicle for cell company’s second-generation hydrogen fuel. The last vehicle is equipped with a cell of 100 kW fuel and two hydrogen storage tanks (700 bar / psi 10152.64) which allows the truck to travel 404 miles (650 km) on a single charge. This is an improvement of 76 percent over the second-generation Tucson FCEV, which was limited to a range of 230 miles (370 kilometers) on a single charge. You can also start in temperatures down to minus 13 ° F (-25 ° C).

The new model retains the maximum speed of its predecessor of 100 mph (160 km / h), but has a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous model with a fuel efficiency of gasoline equivalent of 72, 9 mpg (31 km / liter). The efficiency of the vehicle has been made possible in part due to the reduction in the overall volume of the fuel cell system by 20 percent compared with the previous system. This was achieved through the modularization of bulky components in the fuel cell system including fuel cell balance of plant (BOP), the inverter and the voltage junction box.

Hyundai plans a limited supply of the Tucson FCEV IX in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015.