Seoul, South Korea – Hyundai has completed development of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), and will begin testing next year with possible mass production by 2015.
The third-generation FCEV is equipped with a 100-kilowatt fuel cell system and two hydrogen storage tanks. It can travel 650 kilometres on a single fill-up, a range equal to a gasoline-powered car, and can start in temperatures as low as -25C.
The Tucson ix FCEV’s range is a 76 per cent improvement over the second-generation Tucson FCEV, which was limited to 370 kilometres on one fill-up. The new model gets the gasoline equivalent fuel efficiency of 31 kilometres per litre, a 15 per cent improvement over the previous version. The overall volume of the fuel cell system was downsized by 20 per cent compared to the previous system, via modularization of bulky parts such as the fuel cell stack, inverter and high-voltage junction box.