Hyundai Begins Series Production of Fuel Cell SUV
Hyundai rolled the first ix35 Fuel Cell SUV off the line in its Ulsan, Korean plant and became the world's first automaker to begin mass production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Deliveries of the first ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will begin in Europe soon.
“With the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, Hyundai is leading the way into the zero-emissions future,” Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman, Eok Jo Kim said at the ceremony. “The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry and proves that hydrogen fuel cell technology in daily driving is no longer a dream.”
Based on the popular ix35 C-segment sport utility sold in Europe and Asia (similar to the Tucson here in America), the FCV that rolled off the line this week is the first of a planned 1,000 units to be produced by 2015 with speed of production depending on purchase levels. The first seventeen of those are destined for Copenhagen, Denmark and Skane, Sweden where they will become fleet vehicles as part of the Nordic carbon-free plan. Most of the ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs will end up in Europe where the new "hydrogen highway" has been in development for several years.
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