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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle Starts Production December 2012

At the 2012 Paris Auto Show which ended about 10 days ago Hyundai had formalized a previous announcement that will be a game-changer in the hydrogen car industry. The Korean car company stated that they will start commercial production of the Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle in December 2012.

That’s right folks, in just two months, Hyundai will change history by starting to manufacturer the first commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for sale and lease (instead of lease-only like a couple of other manufacturers such as Honda and Daimler are doing).

The Hyundai Tucson ix35 fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) will be manufactured at the Ulsan factory in South Korea. From there Hyundai has lined up its first customers in Danish and Swedish cities which will use the ix35 FCEV for fleet vehicles.

Hyundai intends to manufacture up to 1,000 ix35 FCEV’s between December 2012 and 2015. According to The New Zealand Herald, “Beyond 2015, Hyundai plans limited production of the ix35 Fuel Cell, with a goal of 10,000 units – though there are no plans for the vehicle to be sold in New Zealand.”

Hyundai’s initial goal is to sell and lease its fuel cell vehicles in South Korea, Europe, Scandinavia and the United States. An old Chinese proverb states, “May you live in interesting times” and my friends, in regard to hydrogen cars, those times are just getting started.

About Hydro Kevin Kantola

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I'm a hydrogen car blogger, editor and publisher interested in documenting the history and the progression of hydrogen cars, vehicles and infrastructure worldwide.

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3 comments

  1. This is fantastic news, I hope sales are stronger than predictions. I only wish Hyundai tries some mainstream marketing for this vehicle as I still think the vast majority of consumers are naive to advancements in hydrogen vehicles.
    I recently had a heated exchange on another blog to the existence of hydrogen powered material handling equipment. Even after providing links and production numbers I could not convince him that hydrogen although still in its infancy was economically viable in certain disciplines now.
    Kudos to Hyundai for taking leap i am sure it will be a success

  2. i want one NOW.

  3. i want one im in nz and australia,liquid carriers and hydrogen beads, uses only existing infrastucture, stations from a million each to 100,000, and below, 25,billion will permantly fix usa, to hydrogen and last years with considerate capacity..for ever thus strong marketing and growing markets push cars to ,..from 50,000. to 20 thousand.then some and profit will follow in years to come sustainable america. cars at these prices make it worth it,,,in gold, to have station capacity,,,i want a home unit, and local fill up only situation..on a farm,,,.and totally passive situation,,,food forest permaculture,,,liquid fuel.dr sorells hydrogen tile titanium ,and a american, fractured gas,,, at source income. into carriers of all states,,until chicken and egg promblem is solved.and full spectrum solar, panels,,,,,to too to.

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