Buyers of the ix35 Fuel Cell, which has been priced at £53,105, benefit from a £15,000 saving thanks to the Hyfive project. The project, a consortium of companies which includes vehicle manufacturers Honda, BMW, Daimler and Toyota as well as Hyundai, aims to bring 110 Hydrogen-powered vehicles to European roads.
As part of the HyFive project, a network of hydrogen filling stations is being established with the aim of providing convenience for early adopters of fuel cell vehicles.
Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell is powered by a 134bhp electric motor and has a top speed of 100mph. The SUV has a range of up to 369 miles and is equipped with two hydrogen storage tanks.
The ix35 Fuel Cell was first introduced on a trial basis in 2013, with nine examples currently in the UK. The model will now be offered for general sale, although it’s likely to remain a niche choice in what remains an emerging market.
Although the regular ix35 will be replaced with the new Tucson this autumn, the ix35 Fuel Cell will remain on sale.
The ix35 Fuel Cell will quickly be joined by rivals, however, with Toyota’s Mirai due to arrive in the UK this summer, priced from around £60,000.
Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, already offers a fuel-cell version of the current B-Class, although at present it has no plans to bring that model to the UK.