Hyundai Tucson ix Hydrogen Fuel-Cell EV mass production in 2015

Hyundai Tucson ix Hydrogen Fuel-Cell EV 22.12.2010
Hyundai Tucson ix Hydrogen Fuel-Cell EV 22.12.2010

Added range, reduced component size

Hyundai's fuel-cell program is kicking into high gear as the company has just unveiled the Tucson ix Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV).

Destined for mass production in 2015, the crossover features a 100-kilowatt fuel cell system that is feed by two hydrogen storage tanks that hold 700 bar. It sends power to a 21 kWh battery which motivates an electric motor that enables the Tucson to travel up to 650 kilometers (404 miles) and hit a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).

Hyundai has been able to shrink the fuel cell system by 20% while ensuring it can operate at temperatures as low as -25C (-13F). More importantly, the range is 76% greater than the previous Tucson FCEV which is critical as hydrogen refueling stations are few and far between.

Source: Hyundai

Hyundai Completes DevelopmentOf Tucson ix Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle

  • Fuel-cell system downsized by 20% via modularization of key components
  • Substantial improvement in fuel efficiency and driving range
  • Can travel 650 km per charge -- equal to a gasoline-powered car
  • Mass production targeted for 2015

(Seoul, Korea) Hyundai Motor Company has completed development of its next- generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle -- the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle -- and will begin testing next year with an eye toward 2015 mass production.

Hyundai's third-generation FCEV is equipped with a 100-kilowatt fuel cell system and two hydrogen storage tanks (700bar). The SUV can travel 650 kilometers on a single charge - a range equal to a gasoline-powered car. It can start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.

The Tucson ix FCEV's range is a 76-percent improvement over the second-generation Tucson FCEV, which was limited to 370 kilometers on one charge. The new model gets gasoline equivalent fuel efficiency of 31 kilometers per liter, a 15-percent improvement over the previous version.

More than 95 percent of the Tucson ix FCEV's major components were made with Korean technology through close collaboration with about 120 domestic auto parts manufacturers. Overall volume of the fuel cell system was downsized by 20-percent compared to the previous system via modularization of bulky parts in the fuel cell system including fuel cell stack, balance of plant(BOP), inverter and high voltage junction box.

Hyundai took part in the `Learning Demonstration Program' organized by the U.S. Department of Energy between 2004 and 2009. Next year, 48 Tucson ix FCEV's will be part of a `Domestic Fleet Program' supported by the Korean government.

Its hydrogen vehicles have so far registered more than 2 million kilometers. Hyundai plans to make a limited supply of the Tucson ix FCEV in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015. Hyundai unveiled a cutaway version of the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

* Comparison of new Tucson ix FCEV (3rd generation) and Tucson FCEV (2nd generation)

SPECIFICATIONS Fuel Cell Stack 100kW 100kW
Drive System 100kW 100kW
Energy Storage System 21kW
(* Battery)
(* Super Capacity)
Hydrogen Tank 700bar
(Hydrogen : 5.6kg)
 (Hydrogen : 3.5kg)
PERFORMANCE Maximum Speed 160km/h 160 km/h
Gasoline Equivalent
Fuel Efficiency
31km/? 27 km/?
Max. Driving Distance
per single charge
650 km 370 km

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ccrispy699 ccrispy699
Dec 23rd, 2010 7:19pm
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eddie eddie
Clinton era paid the big 3, 1 billion dollars to have the first mass produced fuel cell. Where did that money go?
Dec 23rd, 2010 12:36am
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B_M_Gearhead B_M_Gearhead
Cocaine and hookers.
Dec 23rd, 2010 3:09am
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charlemagne charlemagne
every 24 hrs Hyundai launches a new ... something.
Dec 23rd, 2010 12:01am
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