Hyundai has pulled the wraps off its Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered electric vehicle at the LA motor show, with the model due to go on sale in 2014.
Korean carmaker says its fuel cell technology replaces the battery pack
used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen
through an 'electrochemical' process.
The Tucson Fuel Cell uses the same 134bhp fuel cell unit found in the iX35 Fuel Cell.
The front wheels are driven by an 87bhp electric motor through a single
speed reducer gear. Under the bonnet sits the fuel cell stack, which
converts hydrogen gas into electricity.
A 29kW battery is under
the floor which is used primarily to assist the fuel cell stack when
power demand is at its greatest. In Tucson form Hyundai states the SUV
is capable of a driving up to 300 miles, with the capability of full
refuelling in under ten minutes.
Hyundai says it's introducing the Tucson Fuel Cell to alleviate the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles.
believes hydrogen-powered vehicles represent the next generation of
electric vehicle technology," said John Krafcik, president and chief
executive officer of Hyundai Motor America.
UK pricing and sale date are yet to be released.
Thanks to: Autocar