Hyundai Deliver First Fuel Cell Cars to the UK

Hyundai Motor Co become the world's first car manufacturers to deliver First Series Production Fuel Cell Cars to the UK

23rd October 2014

Hyundai delivered the first ix35 Fuel Cell cars to the UK this week, proving they are committed to providing sustainable fuel technologies for a cleaner, greener environment. Hyundai are continuing with their plan to roll-out the world’s first series-production hydrogen-fuelled car across the globe. The South Korean manufacturers have been working on fuel cell technology since 1998 when they established their first fuel cell unit. The news comes after the UK Government announced plans this week to support hydrogen transport research with £11 million worth of funding.

The new Hyundai ix35 uses fuel cell technology and hydrogen which produces zero emissions making it very environmentally friendly. The ix35 Fuel Cell can travel up to 350 miles before it has to re-fuel, which is as quick and easy a process as it is with petrol and diesel cars.

President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK Tony Whitehorn said of the ix35: Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry. Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure.”

Deputy Mayor of London for business and enterprise Kit Malthouse, said: “I firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology will eventually replace the internal combustion engine but we have to show the public the vehicles, let them kick the tyres and demonstrate that it is more than just a science fiction story, it works and can be used in a very similar manner to the cars they are used to. That is why these new vehicles are so important, it is about putting the technology on the street and taking the first steps towards a viable hydrogen future both in London and nationwide.”