Hyundai ix35 FCEV Review Autocar

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Hyundai ix35 FCEV

is it?

The future according to Hyundai. electric cars may have hogging the environmentally friendly in recent years, but Korea’s powerhouse is adamant that the usability and edible emissions of fuel cells make it the alternative technology to pursue.


has been doing exactly since 2005, but this FCEV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) is the first working to arrive on UK shores. Accompanied by two Korean research engineers, the car is to promote the firm’s continuing of the system, and remind Europeans it is building towards a 10,000 car run in 2015.

Fancy livery aside, the appears no different from the launched in the UK last year, but the bay is dominated by the fuel cell which feeds charge to a electric motor (equivalent to beneath it. Hyundai has confirmed the crossover will be the model to its hydrogen offensive as it begins to at deploying government-leased test in 2013.

What’s it like?

In all much like any other electric car. The ix35 with the hushed civility and characterless sense of function to all EVs; the critical difference in the three figure number front and centre on the dash.

Despite registering half on our brief jaunt around a course, the FCEV claimed it had juice for a further 240 miles. the 144-litre hydrogen tank beneath the boot floor bulges like Superman’s and the big Hyundai will reputedly 360 miles.

In contrast, the Nissan — arguably the best of the bunch — will just 100 miles before its is exhausted. Because the 100kw cell requires oxygen to mix its onboard supply of hydrogen, the employs a 21kw lithium-ion too, but only for pulling and supplementing hard acceleration. a conventional hybrid, the FCEV recharge its alternative power as required.

If the range figure wasn’t enough the Hyundai has other advantages. Foremost is the pervading of little compromise being on the inside. Thanks to their depleting batteries, running the electrical devices on most EVs is like shooting a hole in fuel tank, but the FCEV’s generator makes running the air full blast seem painless.

Planting the accelerator is also of a guilty pleasure, and despite the scales at around 1800kg 200kg more than a 2.0-litre ix35) the big Hyundai hit 60mph in 12.8 seconds and swish all the way to a claimed 100mph.

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I buy one?

Well, you can’t and there’s no guarantee that you finally can, you definitely Despite the usual prototype the FCEV has more than going for it to recommend the fuel tech underneath, but the associated — which are not of Hyundai’s — should cause any to pause.

The fundamental issue hydrogen-powered cars is still the lack of the infrastructure required to them. Storing the element a troublesome business, and it’s not one Britain is currently investing time or money solving.

It’s a substantial hurdle, and the arrival in the UK is no doubt intended to the legislators who will ultimately to decide the fuel’s fate. uncertainty means that is not one of the four European countries up to receive a test fleet, and is not to see any of the exclusively left-hand drive production run.

Nic Cackett

Hyundai ix35 FCEV

N/A; Top speed: 100mph 0-62mph: 12.8 sec; 360 mile range; CO2: at source; Kerbweight: 1800kg; type: 100kw electric Power: 134bhp; Torque: Gearbox: Single speed

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