The futuristic hybrid Tucson ix combines a hydrogen fuel cell system with advanced electric vehicle technology.
The Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy 2011 conference and expo is happening right now in Washington, DC, and although a relatively quiet player on the electric vehicle scene, Hyundai Motor America made a big splash when it unveiled its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle yesterday.
The Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is Hyundai's third generation FCEV, and is equipped with its newest 100-kilowatt fuel cell system and two hydrogen storage cylinders (700bar) to deliver a substantial improvement in fuel efficiency.
Some interesting stats from the official press release:
- The Tucson ix FCEV can travel more than 400 miles on a single fueling, a 76-percent improvement over its predecessor, and a range equal to a gasoline-powered car
- It achieves gasoline equivalent fuel efficiency of more than 70 miles per gallon, a 15-percent improvement over the previous version. It can also start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius
- In addition to improving the fuel economy and range of the powertrain, Hyundai has also created a more compact power source for the Tucson ix FCEV
Hyundai will test about 50 new Tucson ix FCEVs throughout 2011 as part of the second phase of the Korean Government Validation Program. Hyundai plans to make a limited supply of the Tucson ix FCEV in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015, just in time for Obama's "1 million advanced technology vehicles on the road" deadline.