Exclusive: Hyundai Motor Company Clarifies Fuel Cell Car Commercialisation Plans
17 Apr 2012
Last week Torque News reported that Hyundai was to roll out 1,000 of the fuel cell variant of its ix35 SUV later this year for distribution primarily in Europe where hydrogen infrastructure is available. Fuel Cell Today contacted Hyundai Motor Company for a statement and received the following:
“Hyundai has completed development of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle -- the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle -- and is testing them with an eye toward 2015 mass production. Hyundai is also willing to provide a sufficient number of FCEVs where Hydrogen infrastructure is available during 2012~2015. Beyond 2015, Hyundai is targeting to have mass production capacity of 10,000 FCEVs annually. This can be influenced by global readiness of Hydrogen infrastructure. Regarding the 1,000 unit figure in some media stories, all we can say is that we have said we will make a limited supply in 2012, and anticipate thousands will be available globally through 2014. These vehicles will be part of test fleets around the globe.”
It would seem that although thousands will be available by 2014, there may not be as many as 1,000 delivered this year. The information provided by Hyundai above matches closely with details reported by Fuel Cell Today in November last year; Jae Young Shim, a senior research engineer at Hyundai’s South Korean fuel cell vehicle technology centre, confirmed to WardsAuto.com that 1,000 cars were to be produced for lease between 2012 and 2014 with a 10,000 first-year full-scale commercial production run planned for 2015. A target price of $50,000 had been set.