Hyundai has delivered its first batch of hydrogen-fuelled ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to UK customers.
Six ix35 Fuel Cell SUVs – the world’s first series production hydrogen-fuel car – are now in the hands of UK drivers: customers include Air Products, ITM Power and Transport for London.
The start of UK deliveries for the ix35 Fuel Cell is the latest step in Hyundai’s global rollout of its hydrogen-fuelled ix35, which the firm has been developing since 1998.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry.
“Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure.”
London’s Deputy Mayor for business and enterprise, Kit Malthouse, is already tipping hydrogen as THE fuel of the future: “I firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology will eventually replace the internal combustion engine but we have to show the public the vehicles, let them kick the tyres and demonstrate that it is more than just a science fiction story, it works and can be used in a very similar manner to the cars they are used to.
“That is why these new vehicles are so important. It is about putting the technology on the street and taking the first steps towards a viable hydrogen future both in London and nationwide.”
While this initial batch of six ix35 Fuel Cell cars is for special customers only, Hyundai does say other UK buyers can now order the hydrogen-fuelled model, for delivery in early 2015. It can travel over 350 miles between tankfuls, says the firm, and refuelling is as easy as with a regular petrol or diesel model.
So long as you live or work near a hydrogen refuelling station, that is…