The South Korean automaker Hyundai is proud to announce the world’s first production fuel cell car. Based on the ix35, the first SUV has rolled of the firm’s assembly line in its homeland in Ulsan. The car is destined to become a fleet vehicle consisting of 17 units for City of Copenhagen or Skåne, Sweden. The company has announced that they plan on manufacturing 1,000 cars of this kind by 2015 and most of them will go to private fleets and governments in Europe. After 2015 they are estimating cheaper production costs which will allow them to sell the car to retail customers, also helped by a better hydrogen infrastructure.
The 2013 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is fitted with a fuel-cell stack which is capable of converting hydrogen in electricity which then will power an electric motor. The car needs 12.5 seconds to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and is capable of reaching a top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h). With just one tank of hydrogen, the ix35 Fuel Cell is able to provide a maximum range of 369 miles (594 km).