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Hyundai To Sell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars In 2012

by , 09/02/10
filed under: Green Transportation

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In a bid to one-up their competition, Hyundai has announced that they will sell hydrogen fuel cell cars starting in 2012 – three years before Toyota, Honda and the rest of the competition. Seeing that renewable energy is becoming decidedly cheaper and that hydrogen fuel cell cars are more commercially viable than they were a year ago, Hyundai has said that will deliver the world’s first series production fuel cell vehicle in 2012, with 500 hydrogen vehicles rolling off the line that year and more afterwards.

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Hyundai plans to increase production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles up to 10,000 units by 2015, the year when most other automakers will be just getting started on their FCVs. The first 500 vehicles produced are likely to be leased out to fleets and other similar buyers until production increases to at least 1,000 units by 2013.

With hydrogen refueling stations becoming more commonplace and the cost of hydrogen fuel cells dropping, customer demand is very likely to increase, especially seeing as Hyundai plans to beat Toyota’s price tag of $50,000. How they are attempting to beat Toyota’s price tag is unknown, as is the type of technology Hyundai is expected to use in their units. However earlier in the year in Geneva, Hyundai said that it had made several important innovations over its previous fuel cell concepts, the Tucson fuel cell EV.

What will be interesting to see over the next few months is not how Hyundai’s competition reacts, but how the electric car industry attempts to work with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Both technologies are rapidly becoming more and more financially and practically feasible. However while Hyundai has shown its commitment to hydrogen vehicles with models such as the ix35 Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, other carmakers have favored electric vehicles.

Last month, Honda said that “in the long-term, fuel-cell electric vehicles will provide the ultimate mobility,” promising that it would continue work on the FCX Clarity, its fuel-cell vehicle which is available to certain clients.

Via Green Optimist

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  1. Dano8057 April 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Am I the only one that knows that this technology has been around since the 1970′s? This is not “new tech”…. its only being made more aware because a company like Hyundai, doesn’t have their government (like in the US) restricting the technology. You can buy conversion kits in Canada, but they are illegal here. You can thank your Big Oil Company, along with their army of lobbyists, paying our “representatives” to keep us under the thumb of the oil companies.

    Hydrogen people !!! Liquid Hydrogen to be more specific. Water = H2O, in other words 2 parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. Use electricity to remove the oxygen (nature has done this for millions of years) and you have Hydrogen… liquid hydrogen. NASA has used LH for every space shuttle flight. If LH would have been in the planes that hit the Twin Towers…. they would still be there today. You see, hydrogen doesn’t contain carbon, one it does come in contact with carbon (most everything is carbon based) the flame burns out. Those building came down from the heat of the fire. If the fire was a hydrogen fire, it would have been out in 5 seconds or less.

    You don’t get it….. you don’t need a recharging… you don’t need a “gas station” like the model T did. Actually the very first car ran on water, they just used it the wrong way, they used steam. This is hardly new technology. You don’t need anything but water, and a little solar panel to produce the electricity, to remove the oxygen, to have a highly combustible fuel source. Every internal combustion engine can be converted to use water.

    Guess who currently has the fastest Hydrogen based car… no, not Hyundai, not BMW (although, they did until last year)…my friends, the fastest Liquid Hydrogen car is made right here in the good ole USA by the Ford Motor company. Sadly, Ford won’t be the first to market with it, because our government is still ran by the rich, who will do ANYTHING to keep making more money. Our government is just like it was when John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Andrew Carnegie bought the election of McKinley.

    My gosh, read your history books, open your eyes, research everything I have said, and you will be surprised to find out that everything I have said is 100% truth. Not conspiracy theorist… and we as a nation, are not a democracy, we are a republic, just like North Korea, China, virtually every other nation on earth. The only REAL democracy is Switzerland. The definition of democracy = we the people. Definition of a republic = a small group of few, in control of the masses.
    We can become a real democracy, if people actually took the time to think about it. We just need to come together as a nation, hold an article V constitutional convention, and in 27 words, we can amend the constitution, so that We the People, make the decision, congress, and the president only hold the meetings, bring up laws, and then democracy can take over.

    Congrats Hyundai !!!
    Too bad USA…. but, we sit back and allow it, so…there ya go

  2. lobsterbobster April 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The easiest way to deal with the fuel cell fueling stations is for each dealer to install a station at their dealership. Because the range is so long on these cars, it would only be necessary to have a list included on your GPS. As someone recently pointed out, when Henry Ford built the Model T there were hardly any gas stations in the country. That change in a hurry when there were cars that needed gas. The same will happen here. Instead of using natural gas as a source for hydrogen, each dealership should have a huge solar array on the roof and used the power to split hydrogen from water. With enough people buying fuel, the payback will be reasonably quick, and in the end very profitable. Fuel cells are the only way to go.

  3. msyin August 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I like the fact that more than one company is bringing new tech into the market, creating competition so that prices will not be overly inflated and responding quickly to the needs and world we live in.

    I wonder how many more years it will be before we are pointing and staring at gasoline only cars and wondering where that “relic” is doing driving around town. Then again we might only see then soon is car museums.

  4. mkass September 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Having had the experience of riding in Chevy’s hydrogen fuel-cell SUV, I can tell you this is an exciting prospect for Hyundia. Electric vehicles without the massive battery weight have great performance: http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2010/07/the-zero-emission-hydrogen-fueled-chevy/

  5. mkartntwr September 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

    The best strategy for any manufacturer of hydrogen fuel automobiles is to become a manufacturer of the fuel as well. Therein they can make money both ways, guarantee that there is fuel resources delivering the fuel, and they are subsidized within to sell the cars for less (or lease). The whole car market could become something like the cell phone industry, the company leases you a car (like a cell phone) to burn their fuel (use their communication towers) for which you pay to use.

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