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First mass produced fuel cell vehicle rolls off Hyundai assembly line

Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company is now the first automaker to begin mass production of fuel cell vehicles.

The first ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the Hyundai Motor Company’s Plant No. 5 in Ulsan, South Korea on Tuesday (February 26).

“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,” said Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman, Eok Jo Kim.

Based on Hyundai’s ix35, a C-segment SUV, the ix35 Fuel Cell uses a Hyundai-designed fuel cell stack to convert hydrogen into electricity to power the motor. The only emissions resulting from this is water, making the ix35 Fuel Cell a zero-emissions vehicle.

The ix35 Fuel Cell has a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour and a range of 594 kilometers that is nearly equal to that of a conventionally fueled ix35.

Hyundai plans to build 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles by 2015 for lease to public and private fleets, primarily in Europe where the European Union has established a hydrogen road map and initiated construction of hydrogen fueling stations.

After 2015, Hyundai will begin manufacturing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for consumer retail sales.

An initial 17 units of the ix35 will be produced for fleet customers in the City of Copenhagen, Denmark and Skane, Sweden.

As per the terms of an agreement signed in September of last year, the municipality of Copenhagen will be leasing 15 ix35 Fuel Cells.

The Danish capital is in the midst of efforts to become carbon-free by 2025. This includes initiatives to ensure that more alternative vehicles find their way to Copenhagen’s streets.

Two other ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will be supplied to Skane, Sweden.

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