Monday, 5 December 2016

FCH JU and Hyundai: Four-time partner driving fuel cell forward

Source: Hyundai Motor, 22nd November 2016

  • Hyundai Motor handed over an ix35 Fuel Cell to the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking to be used for demonstration drives and public events over the next four years
  • This is the fourth time since 2011 that Hyundai Motor has provided vehicles to a European Commission-backed organisation

22 November 2016 - Hyundai Motor handed over an ix35 Fuel Cell car to the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) in Antwerp, Belgium.

The FCH JU is a public-private partnership which supports research, technological development and demonstration activities in the fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology sectors in Europe and is backed by the European Commission. During the next four years the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell supplied will be presented to EU decision-makers, stakeholders and the general public at demonstration drives and public events across Europe.

"The fact that the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has been chosen for the fourth time by an organisation backed by the European Commission, illustrates our capability to provide clean mobility solutions and our leadership in hydrogen-powered cars. By the end of 2016, 400 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will be on European roads. Hyundai Motor and the FCH JU will continue to work together to further facilitate hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Europe" Thomas A. Schmid - Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe

To support the ongoing development of fuel cell technology, Hyundai Motor Europe has been working with the FCH JU since 2011. Hyundai Motor began supplying the ix35 Fuel Cell to the public-private partnership in 2013 for research and development as well as presentation activities.

"The FCH JU is delighted to again receive the keys of the ix35 Fuel Cell, to demonstrate the real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Raising awareness around fuel cells and hydrogen is essential to enable their market uptake. This collaboration with Hyundai will allow more people to experience this innovative technology and acknowledge how easy it is to switch towards zero-emission transportation." Bart Biebuyck - Executive Director FCH JU

Several Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars have been leased in the past few years by public and private fleets, primarily in Europe, where the European Union has created a hydrogen roadmap and initiated the construction of hydrogen fuelling stations. Public authorities in Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK are already running Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars.

The ix35 Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced and commercially available fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Currently there are about 400 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars on European roads in 12 countries - in other words: more than 75% of all the FCEVs operating in Europe. Its powerful asynchronous electric motor generates 100 kW (136 PS), and with a maximum torque of 300 Nm it delivers a fun-to-drive experience. Thanks to its efficiency, the ix35 Fuel Cell’s range is up to 594 kilometres on a full tank.

About Hyundai Motor Europe

In 2015, Hyundai Motor achieved registrations of 470,130 vehicles in Europe – an increase of 10.9% compared to 2014 – and replaced 80% of its model line-up to create the youngest car range in Europe. 90% of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories in the Czech Republic and Turkey, which have a combined annual capacity of 500,000 units. Hyundai Motor sells cars in 31 European countries through 2,500 outlets.

Hyundai Motor offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

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About Hyundai Motor

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2015 sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first massproduced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.

About the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies across Europe. The partnership is formed by the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation), industry (represented by Hydrogen Europe) and research (represented by N.ERGHY). More information at