Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet Rolls Into London

Hyundai, fresh off a recent deployment of a small number of its ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to the city of Copenhagen, Denmark to be used there in a municipal fleet, is ramping up distribution as it now turns to London. The historical capital of the United Kingdom, already an ambitious player in the green vehicle space, has as one of its initiatives the three year LHNE (London Hydrogen Network Expansion) project. The South Korean automaker is one of those taking part in this fuel cell station network build out.

Plans call for Hyundai to offer up five ix35 vehicles to the LHNE endeavor. They will be “leased to key public and private fleet users in the capital” and are among the first of 1,000 such fuel cell vehicles the company has committed to producing between now and 2015. Most of them are already allocated for Europe, where

the European Commission has established a number of schemes, such as the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), to promote the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier with zero carbon content.

Hyundai has the distinction of its ix35 being the first production fuel cell car in the world. It offers a zero emissions driving experience, a range of up to 369 miles, a 100 MPH maximum top speed and 0-62 MPH acceleration in 12.5 seconds. Its role in the LHNE project consists of being put into daily business use to see how it performs in more real world driving experiences on busy streets.

image via Hyundai

image via Hyundai

As for what LHNE specifically is, the goal of this government-backed initiative that’s co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board is to create the UK’s first hydrogen powered transport system across London and the South East. It will eventually offer up a series of publicly accessible,  fast-fill 700 bar renewable hydrogen fueling stations.

The United Kingdom, like Hyundai, is becoming something of a leader in the hydrogen fuel cell space, seeing its first refueling station open in 2011. London hosts, besides the LHNE, a number of fuel cell buses as well as hydrogen powered black cabs.

“These are early days,” said Kit Malthouse, London Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise and Chairman of the London Hydrogen Partnership, in a statement, “but I am tremendously excited by the prospects of London’s hydrogen future. Hyundai is providing invaluable insights and bringing global experience to the Mayor’s innovative low carbon, low emission transport activities.”

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  • Alec Sevins

    There remains the unresolved conundrum of hydrogen merely being an energy carrier, not an innate energy source. But it must have some practical advantages over batteries. Quick refueling for long ranges seems like the biggest one.

  • Susan Huntrel

    The anti-hydrogen writers on this blog work for battery makers and VC’s invested in battery makers.

    The oil and battery industries spend tens of millions of dollars per year on disinformation campaigns and fake pundits/shills to discredit hydrogen because it beats their products on every metric.

    The waste product from hydrogen is potable water, the waste product from oil is cancer. (Oil is the root cause of cancer. ) It is worth anything to end Cancer so any arguement against hydrogen is offset by this fact alone. The waste product from batteries is Lithium poisoning and EMF caused cancer (The GM- EV1 was destroyed because of the EMF cancer risk). HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT PETROLEUM: THE ROOT CAUSE OF CANCER IN THE WORLD unless you work for an oil or battery company?

    Hydrogen can now be efficiently made from water in your home or from sea-water and the competing interests can’t control water so that want H2 stopped. Hydrogen can be made from sewage. Hydrogen can be made from any organic material. Making hydrogen from oil and natural gas is a wasteful and toxic thing. The oil industry will do anything to stop you from knowing this.

    The more batteries you add to an electric car, the less far it goes. Hydrogen carries more energy at less weight than any battery.

    Detroit has a deal with the oil companies to make money by using oil. Big oil does not want Detroit using H2. Big Oil controls the U.S. DOE and orders them to delay hydrogen.

    For every negative you could get a shill to make-up about hydrogen, there are thousands of technical papers that disprove it. For every negative that you hear about oil and batteries there are hundreds of thousands of technical papers that prove it.

    The gulf coast will now experience a doubling of cancer rates within 10 years, essentially killing off the deep south because of the BP Oil spill. You can already see the metrics rising in the epi reports from the last 90 days.

    Hydrogen runs the sun and the sun seems to work pretty well.

  • john

    hydrogen infastructure for the usa is a joke.A small country like denmark, makes installs,and has cars pumping hydrogen into thier automobile tanks in just 48hrs. Can you give one reason why the usa can not do the same thing?[ I can] the foreign car companys forced the us to start the H2 program,only 3 car companys
    refused to join the program .They are Ford, Gm. Chrysler. because they dont want hydrogen fuel cell cars in the usa.Why would they? The big three have all of thier profits [ millions of dollars of our money] invested in oil company stocks,Thats why.[we the people] are not stupid.