Hyundai Hosts Zero Emission Test Drive

Hyundai Motor Company gave the mayors of the four Nordic capital cities the opportunity to test drive its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and to experience the automaker’s most advanced eco-friendly technologies.

Hyundai provided two of its latest ix35 FCEV for the test drive, which was held from the City Hall of Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 12th May. The ground-breaking event was attended by mayors of the capital cities of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. After the event, H2 Logic A/S, a leading developer of hydrogen & fuel cell technology in Denmark; and the City of Copenhagen, plan to operate test drives of the vehicles at selected public events in Northern European cities.

“Today’s test drive of our eco-friendly vehicles in Copenhagen is all the more meaningful since the City of Copenhagen is dedicated to achieving zero emissions in transportation,” said Vice Chairman Woong-Chul Yang, head of Hyundai’s R&D Center. “The MOU (memorandum of understanding) signed with the City of Copenhagen and H2 Logic will lay the foundation to commercialise Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in Europe.”

The ix35 FCEV, which emits only water vapour, boasts the same convenience as today’s traditional internal combustion engine powered vehicles by offering a driving range comparable to that of petrol on a single refuelling, as well as a maximum speed of 160 km/h and zero-to-100km/h time of 12.8 seconds.

En-route to the test drive, the hydrogen-powered ix35 SUV travelled 340 km on a single refuelling, (the first for an electric car), from the city of Holstebro in West Denmark to Copenhagen in the East. The test drive demonstrated Hyundai’s advanced eco-friendly technology and provided further momentum to its leading role in the European FCEV market.

This January, Hyundai Motor Group signed an MOU with four Northern European countries to operate a test fleet of FCEVs. In February, it signed an MOU with the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) in Germany to help promote FCEVs and showcase the company’s competitiveness in eco-friendly vehicles.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.