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Hyundai Likes Hydrogen, But on Electric Cars

By Jim Motavalli July 10, 2013

Hyundai’s BlueOn is already on sale in It’s a possibility for the U.S.

zero-emission vehicle mandate is a of Damocles hanging over auto manufacturers, and it’s a reason why so many of them are $199 leases on EVs nowthey to move product to be in compliance. As as 2018, carmakers will to put 17,000 cars without on the road in the Golden State in 2025).

But the mandate is for zero not electric cars, and California has it clear it’s equally to hydrogen vehicles, which get the ZEV credits and are basically EVs with chemical factories instead of A major problem is infrastructure, hydrogen stations costing $1 to $2 each, but G.M. and Honda are working together on fuel are backing California legislation would see the state subsidizing 50 to 65 of the cost of the first 100 hydrogen in the state.

Hyundai’s EV Problem

And another big of hydrogen is Hyundai, whose mirrors a strong push for the (in vehicles and as stationary power in Korea. And that helps the attitude of John Krafcik, Motor America’s President and toward both fuel and electric cars. He likes the and doesn’t care much for the

John Krafcik: Electrics energy, carry 1,000 of batteries and are range challenged.

“We’re very bullish on cells,” Krafcik told me in a interview. “There are a lot of data about hydrogen being a final solution in terms of sustainability. There’s also a efficiency advantage over

Krafcik says that charging remains a “vexing” for electrics. He points to five-minute not unlike getting gas, at the station.

The Kia Soul EV has been charging up in California.

“I’ve a lot of the competitors’ electric cars,” said. “I spent weekend in an electric vehicle, and I was at how difficult it was to get the car chargedthere aren’t public stations. And it comes to the fact that you’re around 1,000 pounds of that weigh the same or full. There’s so much waste and inefficiency in that


Krafcik was just warming up. thing that doesn’t get much with battery is energy loss when the is sitting unused. If you leave the car it will lose one percent of its per day. Those losses across the entire fleet be overwhelming, and it’s one reason the gets tilted towards the cell.”

Electrics, Krafcik “are great for cities of the range problem. Fuel vehicles solve that

Battery Cars Anyway

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of this means that won’t sell battery in California. Krafcik tweeted, primary zero-emission vehicle is fuel cell right but we will certainly field a BEV at point.”

This Hyundai Tucson vehicle crossed the country for cancer awareness. (Jim photo)

One way forward for Hyundai is to a version of its electric BlueOn. on the Korean market since and based on the i10. The little isn’t hugely impressive, by a 16.4-kilowatt-hour lithium battery and a top speed of 80 mph and a cruising range of than 90 miles. But it could be up for the U.S. market with a battery and more range.

might take more to an electric Accent or Elantra, we know those models, but talking about an expensive program were that to

Hyundai’s sister company, also has a solution: an electric of the Soul, two of which were spotted (in heavily disguised charging at the Residence Inn at San Juan If they’re already in California, it a clue as to their being to meet the state mandates.

The Kia EV could come to the U.S. in or 2015, in plenty of time to the mandates. Specs reportedly 124-mile range, a top speed of 87, to 62 in under 12 seconds and a price $34,000.

The Hydrogen Highway

In I was on hand when Hyundai off a Tucson fuel-cell vehicle in New A team had just driven it the U.S. 4,500 miles to childhood cancer awareness.

Hyundai’s Mike O’Brien me then that Hyundai to sell cars like Tucson in a few years, though he did some concern about the for a national network of refueling The hydrogen grid hasn’t much since then, but is still very bullish on the

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