Hyundai announces pricing for its hydrogen fuel cell-powered ix35 SUV, which has officially gone on sale in the UK

Hyundai has announced pricing for its hydrogen fuel-cell powered ix35, which has officially gone on sale in the UK.

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.

BMW could offer fuel cell tech in its third i-branded model, the i5, while Honda has set a preliminary on-sale date of 2016 for its own FCV, although it has yet to confirm UK sales.

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5 May 2015
This is a joke who in there right mind would spend £53,000 on car that costs way more than a plug-in, Mitsubishi Outlander or Leaf, to run and is not as convient in use as a petrol/diesel. The plug-in costing from 0.02p a mile will get hold of the market as the consumer looks at cost first. No one with a brain, at least outside Swindon where you can fill it up, should buy one. I notice they forgot to mention the mpg figure!!!!
£53,000 ha,ha, £60,000 for the ugly Toyota is an even bigger joke.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 May 2015
The real price is £67,985, the Goverment chips in £15,000 (3 times the plug-in grant) towards the Korean firm to help them sell 'em. Nice to know the british tax payer is keeping foreign jobs going.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 May 2015
When the Telegraph tested it proved to be the slowest accelating £50,000 0-60 in 14.1 seconds which just rubs salt into the wounds. So please a few more BASIC facts in the report next time e.g. 0-60 time and mpg equivant!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 May 2015
xxxx wrote:

When the Telegraph tested it proved to be the slowest accelating £50,000 0-60 in 14.1 seconds which just rubs salt into the wounds. So please a few more BASIC facts in the report next time e.g. 0-60 time and mpg equivant!

I thought the point of HFC vehicles was that the hydrogen 'power plant' powers electric motors, or at least powers up the batteries that power them.

5 May 2015
I know where my nearest electric charging point is but I've no idea where my nearest hydrogen station is. It's going to take hydrogen a long time to catch up with all electric vehicles and they in turn are a long way off the convenience of petrol cars.

5 May 2015
Let people buy these without attracting criticism. Without early adopters how is new technology supposed to move forward?

6 May 2015
It costs twice as much as a top spec conventionally engined IX35! Great tech but we'll have to wait for the more mainstream car makers like Volkswagen to join for the price to fall in an "affordable" bracket. Given the pace of development at Volkswagen we may have to wait 15 years.

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