Six new Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicles have been delivered to the UK as part of the LHNE project, a Government-backed initiative part funded by the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK).
Air Products, Hyundai Motor UK and Johnson Matthey, all members of the LHNE consortium, will use the vehicles to demonstrate first-hand how hydrogen fuel cell vehicles operate easily in the real world. This will support the project’s work to create the UK’s first hydrogen powered transport system across London and the South East. The cars will complement the hydrogen-powered vans that are already in operation as part of the project.
Hyundai was selected to supply the cars based on the great progress it has made into making hydrogen fuel cell vehicles commercially available. Indeed it was the first global automaker to announce a commercial roll out of zero-emissions fuel cell electric vehicles with plans to manufacture 1000 units of the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle by 2015.
As part of the LHNE project, the Air Products-led consortium will deliver a publicly accessible, state-of-the-art station network, which the Hyundai cars will use to re-fuel. This will include Air Products’ SmartFuel® stations, which provide fuelling at 350 and 700 bar and include the company’s technology referenced in the SAE J2601 compliant hydrogen fuelling protocol.
To establish a viable and standardised network of refuelling stations, the LHNE project will deliver a new fuelling station in a central London location to complement the existing one in operation at Heathrow airport.
Diana Raine, European Business Manager Hydrogen Energy at Air Products and LHNE consortium leader commented, “We are very excited to be introducing the Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle to our business fleet, so we can demonstrate first-hand the benefits of hydrogen as a transport fuel. Air Products is proud to be leading the LHNE project, which is bringing together all the components necessary to make hydrogen transport possible across London and the South East. We are equally proud of our developing relationship with Hyundai, which now covers four continents.”
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, says, “Making the first UK customer deliveries of hydrogen-powered cars is a huge landmark for the industry. Hyundai is the first company in the world to start series-production of a fuel cell vehicle and is committed to rolling-out this technology in line with government plans to grow the refuelling infrastructure.”