Hyundai ix35 SUV is company's first Hydrogen-fuelled car
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said it will begin mass production of hydrogen-fuelled cars at its plant in south-eastern Ulsan.
The company, which becomes the first mass manufacturer of such
vehicles, said it plans to make hydrogen-fuelled versions of its Tucson ix sport utility vehicles, UPI reported.
The company was quoted as saying it is two years ahead of other global automakers who are seeking to start mass production of hydrogen-fuelled cars.
Yonhap News reported Hyundai plans to sell 15 hydrogen cell cars to Denmark and two more to Sweden by April. The company also plans to sell 1000 units around the world by 2015.
Yonhap said the new car will emit only water as it converts hydrogen into electricity, thus reducing dependence on internal combustion engines blamed for producing greenhouse gases.
"We expect to realise an environmentally friendly era more quickly through the mass production of hydrogen fuel cell cars for the first time in the world," Hyundai Motor Vice-Chairman Kim Eok-Jo was quoted as saying.
Yonhap said South Korea has 13 refuelling stations for hydrogen.