Tucson Hybrid FCEV
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) is
a second-generation hydrogen vehicle based on its Tucson small
SUV. The first generation hydrogen vehicle was the Hyundai Sante
Fe FCEV, which was developed and demonstrated in the year 2000.
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid FCEV has an extended driving range
(186 miles), more top end speed (93 mph) and greater cold start
capacity (-20 Celsius when sitting idle for 5 days) than the Sante
Fe FCEV. By comparison, the Sante Fe FCEV comes with a range of
approximately 90 miles, top speed of 77 mph and no real cold cranking
power of which to speak. The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid FCEV also gets
80 kw of power from its new electric motors compared to the Sante
Fe FCEV's 75 kw motors.
The fuel cell system including drivetrain and hybrid battery
are located in the Hyundai Tucson FCEV in such a way as to retain
interior space and cargo capacity. The power plant, including
fuel cell stack is located under the hood and the new lithium
ion polymer battery pack is located in the spare tire wheel well.
All crash test safety standards were met and the Tucson FCEV even
showed better side-impact crash performance than the standard
The Hyundai Tucson Hybrid FCEV was built using lightweight, high-performance
aluminum body components, making it slightly lighter than its
predecessor, while increasing safety. The 40 gallon compressed
hydrogen tanks were built by Dynetek Industries Ltd. of Calgary,
Alberta, Canada. The fuel cells stack was developed by UTC Fuel
Cells of South Windsor, Connecticut, USA. The next generation
hybrid-electric drive train, motor and control unit were developed
by Enova Systems, of Torrance, California. Hyundai Motor Co. and
LG Chem in Seoul, Korea co-developed the 152-V high voltage battery
The next step for Hyundai is fleet testing of its hydrogen vehicles.
On December 14, 2005, Hyundai has delivered the first two of the
eventual 10 Hyundai and Kia Sportage
FCEV SUVs to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit).
This marks the beginning of a five-year demonstration and validation
project designed to evaluate hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure.
In April 2004, the Department of Energy awarded Hyundai, Chevron
Corporation and UTC Power a federal grant to research hydrogen-powered
fuel cell technology. In Chino, California, Chevron opened its
first-ever hydrogen energy station at the Hyundai America Technical
Center (HATCI). Fleet vehicles also are planned for the Southern
California Edison utility company (Rosemead, California) and the
U.S. Army facilities in Detroit.
Hyundai ix35 Tucson FCEV
In 2010, the Hyundai Tucson
ix35 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle was introduced. With a 360
mile plus range and 100 mph top speed, this has been a sorely
needed upgrade since the older model was introduced in 2004. The
Hyundai Tucson ix35 FCV will most likely rollout in the 1,000's
in 2012 along the South
Korean Hydrogen Highway system and the European
Union Hydrogen Highway system.