Hyundai Fuel Cell ix35 Headlining European Hydrogen Transportation Project
Hydrogen transportation is catching on more quickly in Europe than it is in the United States thanks to the efforts of groups like the Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) consortium which are dedicated to spreading the prevalence and availability of fuel cell transportation. The consortium is partly funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, also dedicated to the same mission.
One of the most notable of HyTEC’s undertakings has been establishing hydrogen passenger vehicle deployment centers across Europe. The first two have been built in Copenhagen, Denmark and London, England. Now, with plans announced to build a third hub in Oslo, Norway in 2015, HyTEC will be relying on eight of Hyundai‘s flagship fuel cell ix35 models to raise awareness of and support for European hydrogen transportation.
Hyundai ix35 Proving Fuel Cells Are “HyTEC”
Each of the deployment centers established by HyTEC manage fueling stations and fleets of passenger vehicles and taxis–which will include eight Hyundai ix35 hydrogen-electric vehicles at the newest hub. The vehicles will illustrate the viability of hydrogen technology as a low carbon transport solution while collecting valuable operational data.
Frank Meijer, Head of FCEV & Infrastructure Development at Hyundai Motor Europe, stated, “As an industry leader, it is important to support projects like HyTEC that work to strengthen Europe’s refuelling infrastructure and raise awareness of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered mobility in Europe.”
Diana Raine, HyTEC Project Coordinator said of the latest expansion, “We are delighted to welcome Hyundai Motor Europe to this exciting project, which will now see Oslo benefit from the consortium’s expertise in hydrogen transport infrastructure and operation.”
Apart from the United States and South Korea, the Hyundai Tucson is known as the ix35. Now in its second generation, the fuel cell compact SUV is moderately popular in Europe, thanks to its clean emissions, stylish design, and intuitive handling. Using it to promote hydrogen transportation across the continent isn’t a stretch for Hyundai.
News Source: Gas World