In the shadow of the current model fireworks, H yundai with high pressure on the series production of the fuel cell drive. The Koreans know that they can only secure a top position in the global competition for automotive locomotion if they offer alternative drive concepts ready for series production as quickly as possible - by the way, Hyundai is currently fifth in the hit list of the world's largest automakers.
Hyundai plans to build 1,000 units by the end of 2012
This brief history helps to better understand the third generation of the Hyundai fuel cell drive. It is well camouflaged in a current ix35, which bears the designation FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) and stands there as carefree as any of these fashionable would-be climbers does. For Hyundai, the white four-door is the silverware of the group, because by the end of 2012 1,000 units of the ix35 FCEV can be built and tested in everyday use worldwide. According to the group timetable, large-scale production will start in 2015. We are excited and keep our fingers crossed for Cho Kwon Tae, who is responsible for fuel cell technology at Hyundai. He affirmed: 'We then want to manufacture 10,000 fuel cell models per year and increase production to 100,000 units by 2020.'
Fuel cell prototype with 136 hp
Before we digest the big words, the ix35 prototype has to show , What's going on. It is equipped with a 100 kW (136 PS) fuel cell drive, which is supposed to create a range of around 560 kilometers with a hydrogen storage device of 5.64 kilograms. The Hyundai ix35 is never faster than 160 km /h, but can also cope with winter temperatures of down to minus 25 degrees - fuel cells don't like cold. Today, Tuesday morning, the sun is smiling in Copenhagen (a city that aims to be CO2 neutral by 2025) as the white Hyundai purrs softly across the streets. Since there is plenty of torque (270 Newton meters) already when you stroke the accelerator, the car snaps forward at any time and does not give you the feeling that the additional 150 kilograms bothers you.
The Klotz manages zero hundred in 14 seconds, with its six-speed automatic always changing the gear steps harmoniously. If this is what the future of the automobile feels like, we needn't fear. At most before the price: But here, too, Cho Kwon Tae has big words ready: 'We have set ourselves the goal that the costs in 2020 will be at the level of conventional models.'
By the way, Hyundai sees the mobile future as follows: Electric vehicles take over city operations, the fuel cell is intended for larger models and cross-country journeys.