Hyundai confirms ix35 hydrogen fuel-cell pricing
05 May 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Hyundai has confirmed the hydrogen version of its ix35 4x4 will cost from £53,105, a price that includes a part-subsidy from the HyFive (Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles) project.
HyFive is a consortium of five manufacturers - Hyundai, BMW, Toyota, Daimler and Honda - that aims to deploy 110 fuel-cell EVs in Europe.
Without the subsidy, the cost of the IX35 would be £67,985, and according to a Hyundai spokeswoman, "people can purchase the car through Hyundai and receive the subsidy rather than having to go through HyFive".
Hyundai claims the ix35 is the world's first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle. It has been sold through central Hyundai channels to selected trial partners since 2013. The vehicle is powered by a 100kW electric motor, and two hydrogen storage tanks allow it to travel up to 369 miles before refills, Hyundai claimed. The energy is stored in a 24Wh lithium-ion polymer battery.
"We've got a dozen clients looking at the car. The majority are councils or public sector, and we've got one that is talking about buying 20," Hyundai fleet and remarketing director Martin Wilson told BusinessCar earlier this year.
"When we first brought it over it was very expensive, but Government grants and Hyundai's investment in Europe has brought that down," continued Wilson, who said Hyundai has also appointed a dedicated sustainable-fuel manager, Rob Hayles, whose job includes talking on a Government level in the UK and in Europe to help get the zero-emission fuel established, as well as working with customers.
Toyota and Honda also produce hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which are due in the UK later this year and in 2016. They have not revealed pricing, but the guide price for the Toyota model in Japan is 6.7million yen, which equates around £43,500.
By the end of 2015 there will be publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations in London.