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Hyundai Set to Bring New Hydrogen Car to in Early 2014

Korean betting ultra-clean fuel can overcome limits of battery

Hyundai is already selling the hydrogen car in Europe and prepping the crossover for the American market.

is betting heavily on the world’s gas – with U.S. sales of its new fuel-cell vehicle set to begin in the early next year.

described as “refillable batteries,” cells produce nothing but vapor in their exhaust and are one of a handful of ways to meet the zero-emission vehicle, or ZEV, set for California and other parts of the But hydrogen power has its own drawbacks, the lack of a refueling infrastructure experts warn could years – and cost billions of – to overcome.

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“We are studying the market to see which work better,” Moon-Sik president of Hyundai Motor RD Division, tells, that while Hyundai is on hydrogen, its South Korean Kia is preparing a battery-electric version of its Soul crossover.

A cutaway of s hydrogen technology at the maker s outside Seoul, Korea.

fuel cells have around since the mid-1900s, they were little than a scientific curiosity the Apollo space program, they were tapped to power on the moon mission Fuel cells gained within the auto industry the 1990s, only to see the spotlight to battery power in the new millennium. But as the range and cost limits of technology becomes increasingly fuel cells have gained a following.

Toyota has promised to put a fuel vehicle into limited by 2015, Honda following up after with a replacement for its FC-X Clarity model. Motors and others could production of their own hydrogen later in the decade.

(GM partners the US Army on fuel cell Click Here to learn about the program.)

Hyundai, plans to beat them all to It is already providing a limited fleet to government buyers in and other parts of Europe. And the carmaker will expand the when the first of its fuel-cell reached U.S. showrooms in 2014, notes Dr.


Even so, volumes will be modest compared to the traditional product line, with worldwide sales likely to perhaps 1,000 over the three years, the Korean research chief cautions.

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factors will limit including price. The hydrogen is currently being sold in for about $150,000. By the time it the U.S. the goal is to trim to somewhere between $50,000 and according to Dr.

Kwan, though the figure has yet to be set.

That tag reflects not only the low volume of but the complex nature of hydrogen-based a fuel cell “stack,” other things, requiring the use of amounts of rare metals platinum. These materials act as helping combine lightweight with oxygen from the air in turn, produces a flow of that can drive the same used in an electric vehicle – is why proponents refer to the technology as a battery.

(Toyota to deliver over 300 range with its planned cell vehicle. Click for the story.)

Refillable, yes, but are currently few locations where is available, something that research boss acknowledges is the severe challenge to expanding the use of power. Asked if Hyundai set up hydrogen fueling stations, as Tesla Motors is setting up a battery charging network the U.S. Dr. Kwan says,

“The investment is huge,” he asserting that “One or two car could not it by themselves. Only could do this.”

Indeed, several European have committed to doing so, Germany which has plans to set up a network of alternative power where motorists could charge up their battery and access hydrogen fueling

California has also approved for a hydrogen program that soon establish around a pumps in the Greater Los Angeles and perhaps 100 or more stations the state in the years to follow.

and other backers are betting by offering hydrogen vehicles, in limited numbers, they break the classic chicken-and-egg If early buyers warm to the they contend, the energy will then make the investments to expand availability of on a nationwide level, encouraging the industry to offer even fuel cell vehicles.

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