Hyundai Develops Better Fuel Cell SUV

Tucson offers greater driving range than original Santa Fe fuel cell predecessor, new lithium ion polymer battery pack, 5kW more peak power and greater maximum speed

Published: 09-Dec-2004

SEOUL - The Hyundai Motor Co, South Korea's largest auto maker, on Thursday said it had succeeded in developing a fuel-cell electric version of its popular Tucson compact sports utility vehicle. The company said the vehicle is a major improvement over its predecessor and will be road-tested in the US for five years.

Hyundai Motor has been developing the new fuel-cell model since last May in cooperation with United States-based UTC Fuel Cells. Fuel-cell vehicles, which run on hydrogen rather than gasoline, produce no emissions and are more fuel-efficient than hybrid vehicles.

"With the development of the Tucson fuel-cell electric model, we have secured world-class technology for development of fuel-cell vehicles," Kim Sang-kwon, president of research and development for Hyundai, said.

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