WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - South Korea was recently named the world's most innovative country in an European Union survey, and that's Hyundai is developing the "I-X-35," the industry's first commercial hydrogen-powered car. }}" />

   
 
 
Hyundai Has Commercial Hydrogen Fueled Cars In South Korea

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 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.
   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 PR Machine Works on Nussbaum Parkway in Ontario celebrates its 50th anniversary Friday and Saturday. Full Story
Image1 Ashland Woman Sentenced To 32 Years In Prison For Labor Trafficking And Relate Crimes Involving Disabled Woman. Full Story
 
Image1 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth W. Oswalt announced this week that a Licking County Grand Jury has indicted a Pataskala man for the improper use of approximately $67,000 meant for the Watkins Memorial High School Band. Full Story
Image1 A 36-year-old man possibly trying to cut guide wires on an electrical substation in Mansfield was severely shocked and died from his injuries Thursday afternoon. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Mansfield Man Electrocuted To Death At Local Substation

Abon Cards and Coins raided by Secret Service

A Midsummer's Night Preview

NCSC Hosts International Conference

NCSC Hosts International Conference

Home Care Matters Hosts Children's Grief Camp

Task Force arrests aggravated robbery suspect

Sundown Rundown A Success In Mansfield

SUV Driver In Fatal Motorcycle Crash Arraigned On Felonies

Ashland man sentenced to prison for labor trafficking

Richland Bank holding 5K Walk/Run

NAACP annual membership drive underway

MCS kindergarten camp Aug. 11-15

Matt Sauder Memorial Ride To Be Held August 2

More News