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Hyundai Has Commercial Hydrogen Fueled Cars In South Korea

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  Originally Published on: 7/28/2013

South Korea was recently named the world's most innovative country in an European Union survey. And that's where Hyundai is developing the "I-X-35," the industry's first commercial hydrogen-powered car. Ian Lee has more on this eco-friendly vehicle that's at the forefront of technology in the emerging markets. Unhook it and plug it in and let the hydrigen flow. This could be the way you refuel your car in the not-so-distant future. Meet Hyundai's IX35, the first commercially-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle. "Eventually, I strongly believe that fuel cells will replace a lot of conventional vehicles like gasoline or diesel," says Ahn Byung Ki of Hyundai. Ki, the man leading this project for Hyundai, has spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing this technology. "Most importantly, the engine in this case is of course not really moving," he says. "So most noisy parts in the conventional vehicle would be the engine itself, but we don't have that system, that vibrating system, so the noise is not really bothering you." But this comes at no small investment. Hyundai has spend hundreds of millions of dollars developing the technology. "In the long run, we have to target the niche market that will be the mainstream eventually," says Ki. "It's time for making our pie bigger and we'll take the lion's share I'll say in 5-10 years from now." But isn't hydrogen dangerous? When one thinks of the gas, this might come to mind, the Hindenburg full of hydrogen, exploding into flames. "Hyrdoren is the most abundant and cleanest element and power source in the known universe, as long as you keep it in a safe place, like we do now," says Ki. The car isn't cheap. At $183,000 is costs roughly the same as an Aston Martin Vantage. Ki hopes new technology and greater volume will slash the price by up to 40-percent when the average consumer gets their hands on it between 2020 to 2025. Now, only European governments get to drive them. The other hurdle Hyundai faces is hydrogen fueling stations. By partnering with petroleum companies, they hope to overcome this challenge. Behind the wheel, it starts like any other car and the ride is noticeably smooth. And now for the all-important car facts. For roughly $50, you can travel 600 kilometers, top speed 160 kilometers per hour and for you drag racers out there, zero to 100 in 12-and-a-half seconds, a bit slow but they're trying to make it faster. All of this and the car's only emission is water. And it's that serious investment in eco-frtiendly, green technology, which they hope, in the long run, will bring in a different kind of green.
   
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