Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trial on the Cards

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trial on the Cards

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Byline: GRANT EDWARDS

VITAL STATISTICS

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell

Fuel cells operate by turning chemical energy from hydrogen into electromechanical energy.

Two hydrogen storage tanks, with a total capacity of 5.64kg, enable the vehicle to travel 594km on a single charge.

Power is 100kW and 300Nm of torque is available from zero rpm.

Hyundai was the first carmaker to begin commercial production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle.

THE jury is still out on which alternative fuel will spread worldwide in the future.

Edward Lee, the former Australia-based Hyundai boss and now the brand's vice president of international sales, said not all eggs were being placed in one basket.

While hybrids are on the agenda, Hyundai has recently introduced its ix35 Fuel Cell onto roads in California.

It's hydrogen-powered, using the gas to create a chemical reaction to create electricity. That electricity powers a motor for the front wheels.

We got a chance for a brief drive during a recent visit to the brand's Namyang research and development centre in South Korea. …

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