Hyundai plans to build 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles by 2015 for leasing to public and private fleets, primarily in Europe. That should go well with the European Union’s established hydrogen road map that has initiated construction of hydrogen fueling stations. The ix35 exited the assembly line at Hyundai Motor’s Plant No. 5 during a launch event attended by Hyundai top management and VIPs.
While a few automakers have launched fuel cell vehicles (Honda and Mercedes) or are developing one for launch (Toyota), this will be the first time that a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has gained assembly line production. Automakers have to explain why they’re making major investments into fuel cell technology when there are other viable powertrain options out there. As for Hyundai…“With the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, Hyundai is leading the way into the zero-emissions future,” said Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman, Eok Jo Kim. “The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry and proves that hydrogen fuel cell technology in daily driving is no longer a dream.”