November 20, 2007

Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle wins Challenge Bibendum with perfect score

Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle
Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle. Click image to enlarge

Seoul, South Korea – Hyundai Motor Company’s Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) triumphed in the Challenge Bibendum, held in Shanghai from November 14 to 17. Competing against teams from Daimler AG, General Motors and Nissan, the Tucson was the only fuel cell electric vehicle to earn a perfect score.

Challenge Bibendum, created by Michelin in 1998, is a competition for the promotion of sustainable road mobility, with tests in noise, fuel efficiency, pollutants and CO2 emissions.

“This result once again confirms that Hyundai’s fuel cell technology is among the front-runners in the industry,” said Kwon Moon-Shik, Hyundai’s senior executive vice president responsible for advanced technology. Team Hyundai scored victories in previous editions of the Challenge Bibendum.

Introduced in 2004, the Tucson FCEV is Hyundai’s second-generation fuel cell vehicle; it can reach a maximum speed of 150 km/h and has an operating range of 350 km. Hyundai is currently operating two fuel cell test fleets. In the U.S., it is partnering with UTC Power, Chevron Texaco and the U.S. Department of Energy in a program which calls for it to supply 32 fuel cell vehicles; in Korea, it is supplying government ministries and agencies with 34 fuel cell vehicles, including four buses.

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