March 15, 2006

Hyundai unveils fuel cell electric vehicles in California

Oakland, California – Hyundai yesterday participated in the dedication ceremony of the HyRoad hydrogen fuel cell demonstration program at the AC Transit division in Oakland, California. Three Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) are operating in Oakland; the Hyundai and Kia fleet will ultimately grow to twelve vehicles in the next several years.

Hyundai, Chevron Corporation and UTC Power were awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant in April 2004 to support research into hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology for automotive applications. The team officially began testing in February 2005, when Chevron opened its first-ever hydrogen energy station at the Hyundai America Technical Center in Chino, California. Hyundai delivered the first Tucson fuel cell vehicle to AC Transit in December. AC Transit is one of California’s largest transit agencies, serving over 64 million passengers a year.

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