Hyundai’s ix35 hydrogen-fuel-cell electric vehicle is set to be available in the U.S. in 2015. John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said that the FCEV that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will be sold in all 50 states. It is unclear whether Hyundai will roll out the new ix35 in coastal regions first, which has been the current trend with other manufacturers, or if Hyundai will debut it somewhere else.
The ix35 is based on the Tuscon utility vehicle platform and will launch mass production in 2015. These vehicles have largely been experimental or test-fleet only, with the only exception being Honda’s FCX Clarity model that debuted in 2008 as a lease-only vehicle.
“I like the idea of a plug-in better than a pure EV, but there’s just so much redundancy,” Krafeik told WardsAuto in a recent interview. He is unfazed by the lack of hydrogen-refueling stations in the U.S. and notes that only costs $1 million to install a station. Hyundai thinks that FCEVs are the best option to meet stringent U.S. emission requirements.
Within a few minutes, the ix35 Fuel Cell can be refueled with hydrogen. The ix35 propulsion system will generate 134 horsepower, and includes a modular stack that converts hydrogen to electricity to power the motor, with performance similar to a gasoline-powered vehicle. The ix35 will be able to go from 0 to 60 mpg in 12.5 seconds, with a top speed of 99.4 mph and a driving range of 370 miles between fill-ups.
Source: Wards Auto