Hyundai will become the world’s first car company to mass produce hydrogen fuel cell cars according to a company report. The Korean car maker plans to manufacture 1000 of the SUV-based fuel cell cars and by 2020, Hyundai plans to up the target to around 100,000.
Apart from only water coming out of the exhaust pipe and providing a range of nearly 600 kilometers, Hyundai’s SUVs will boast of zero emissions and virtually zero impact on the streets of Seoul.
All in all, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen car has the potential to be a game changer.
“Somebody has to think of the future,” says Hyundai fuel cell engineer Jae Young. “This one of the things that Hyundai is doing for the future.”
The first thing one notice about the car is – nothing – it is quiet; there is not a sound. But underneath, a year-nine science experiment is going on. Hydrogen and oxygen are being turned into electricity thanks to a platinum catalyst.
For the past decade several manufacturers have been trialing the technology, but one of the biggest hurdles was finding a place to fill up. “If you don’t have hydrogen cars, there will be no infrastructure – people will not build hydrogen stations,” says Young. “So what we are doing is trying to provide the cars.”
A range of 600 kilometers also eases fears of running out of fuel. Despite costing around $200,000, the first cars are already on the road in Denmark. The UK, Sweden and the US will follow.