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article imageHyundai to market hydrogen vehicle

By Tim Sandle     Nov 25, 2013 in Technology
In 2014, car manufacturer Hyundai plans to start selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell to the U.S. market. The aim is to make the first mass-produced alternative fuel car.
Once the ix35 car rolls of production lines and into showrooms it will become the first mass-market vehicle of its type to be sold or leased in the U.S., according to the website cleantechnica. HMA Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik described the car as being designed as “a fuel-cell car is an electric vehicle for the impatient.”
The Hyundai website states: "Hyundai has unveiled a world-first: a unique piece of design theatre that aims to educate people about the real-life benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Revealed at the Design Museum in London, the unique aquaponics installation is a one-off 'Fuel Cell Farm' powered by Hyundai’s groundbreaking technology."
As a technology, hydrogen cars have been available since the 1960s. However, the concept has been slow to develop into a vehicle that motorists are happy with using. Another factor has been cost, and the hunt for a low-cost fuel cell.
A hydrogen vehicle is a vehicle that uses hydrogen as its on-board fuel for motive power. Many automobile companies are currently researching the feasibility of commercially producing hydrogen cars, and some have introduced demonstration models in limited numbers. One problem is that hydrogen fuel cells are relatively expensive to produce.
One reason for the move towards the U.S. market is because in California, in October 2013, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation committing the state to spend $20 million annually developing hydrogen stations until 100 exist.
Meanwhile Honda will not be far behind Hyundai. Honda’s FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) Concept was also on display at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and is set for a 2015 release.
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