Hyundai aims to deliver 75 units of its hydrogen-powered ix35 Fuel Cell as part of the largest ever pan-European fuel-cell passenger car project.
The Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) project, funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, will see deliveries made in Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart.
As part of this project, the existing hydrogen refueling infrastructure will be expanded significantly, which means the viability of owning a hydrogen fuelled car will increase in the coming years.
Other partners in this venture include vehicle manufacturers BMW, Daimler, Honda and Toyota, and industrial gas companies Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, ITM Power, Linde and OMV.
The project hopes to deliver 110 fuel cell vehicles from five manufacturers in the next few years.
The hydrogen iX35 has two hydrogen tanks located between the vehicle’s rear wheels. Hyundai claims a travel distance of 590km on a single fuelling.
As SA is still struggling to make 10ppm diesel readily available to its inhabitants, don’t expect the hydrogen iX35 to make its way here anytime soon.