February 22, 2005

Hyundai sets up hydrogen station in California

Chino, California – The Hyundai Motor Group reports that it has set up its first hydrogen fuelling station at its technical centre in Chino, California, about 60 km southeast of Los Angeles.

Unveiled in a partnership with UTC Fuel Cells and ChevronTexaco, the station produces 15 kilograms of hydrogen per day from natural gas, and has the capacity to charge 30 cars per day. It takes less than two minutes to fill each vehicle.

The station is the first to be completed under a five-year Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration Validation Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. At the unveiling, American racer Mario Andretti filled up Hyundai’s Tucson hydrogen fuel cell model, before test-driving the car.

Over the next five years, the company plans to operate 16 Hyundai Tucson and 16 Kia Sportage hydrogen-electric vehicles in major American cities, and build five more hydrogen stations in California and Michigan with the two partners. The vehicles can be started in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius, and have a range of 300km. The company plans to set up a production line with annual capacity for 300,000 hybrid cars by 2010.

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