Hyundai Motor delivers first hydrogen-powered ix35 fuel cell in Europe
COPENHAGEN – Hyundai Motor Company has announced the delivery of its first 15 assembly line-produced ix35 fuel cell vehicles to the City of Copenhagen in Denmark.
According to the company, the vehicles were handed over by its Europe counterparts, Hyundai Motor’s European sales subsidiary, during the opening ceremony of Denmark’s first hydrogen refueling station.
The 15 ix35 fuel cell units are the first hydrogen-powered vehicles manufactured on a production line to be introduced in Europe.
President of Hyundai Motor Europe, Byung Kwon Rhim said: “Hyundai Motor is committed to hydrogen as the fuel of the future for Europe. Delivering assembly-line produced ix35 fuel cell is evidence that we have a realistic solution to the region’s sustainable mobility needs.”
Since 2011, the company has deployed prototypes of its third-generation ix35 fuel cell in a wide range of initiatives to raise awareness of hydrogen’s benefits as an automotive fuel; to support the drive for establishing a pan-European refueling infrastructure; and to demonstrate the cars’ real-world practicality to public and private organisations.
For example, EU policy-makers have access to ix35 fuel cell vehicles – via the EU Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in Brussels – showing the market-readiness of Hyundai Motor’s technology.
And, earlier this year, senior representatives from 100 European businesses learned about and tested the ix35 fuel cell at a Hyundai Motor event in Berlin.
Hyundai Motor has been a world leader in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology ever since research into its first fuel cell began in 1998.
The company’s proprietary fuel cell technology is developed at its Eco Technology Research Institute in Korea.
Hyundai intends to build 1.000 ix35 fuel cell cars by 2015 at its Ulsan factory, also in Korea.
The ix35 fuel cell is equipped with a 100 kW (136 ps) electric motor, and can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
Two hydrogen storage tanks, located between the vehicle’s rear axle, with a total capacity of 5,64 kg, enable the vehicle to travel a total of 594 km on a single fuelling. Filling the storage hydrogen tanks to maximum capacity takes just a few minutes.
Hyundai to install power plant at Asan factory
Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea has announced the plan to install the largest rooftop photovoltaic power plant at its manufacturing factory in Asan, Korea.
According to the company, the move was to expand the use of renewable energy and take measures to help reduce global warming.
Hyundai said its Asan plant would host the power plant, while Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) will purchase the electricity produced by the solar modules and sell it to areas near the plant, including Asan city.
Working with Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd. (KOMIPO), a thermal power company, Hyundai plans to install about 40,000 solar photovoltaic modules on the rooftops of Asan’s press, welding, assembly and engine buildings by the end of this year.
The 213,000 square meter area to be equipped with the modules accounts for as much as 68 per cent of the total roof space, and the peak capacity of the combined modules reaching 10 MW.
With such capacity, the completed plant will be capable of supplying up to 11.5 million KWh of electricity per year, or provide a stable supply of electricity for up to 3,200 households.
As 100 per cent of the photovoltaic plant at Asan will be built on existing rooftops, the construction neither requires any additional land nor causes environmental issues.
The choice of the Asan plant is appropriate, as Asan manufactures the eco-friendly Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, as well as Sonata and Grandeur (Azera in some markets).
To produce the same amount of electricity, 11.5 million KWh – a thermoelectric power plant releases 5,600 tons of carbon dioxide, emission that can be prevented by the use of the photovoltaic power plant.
The reduction of 5,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions is equivalent to the effect of planting 1.12 million pine trees on the environment.
Moreover, sprinklers that work to cool down the solar modules will also help the plant save energy by lowering the indoor temperature during hot seasons.