Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered car, the ix35 FCEV, is coming to the UK. The automaker has been ramping up hype behind its new vehicle, which is expected to hit the commercial market in 2014. Until very recently, very few people have ever had an opportunity to drive a vehicle powered by nothing else but a fuel cell. Hyundai is seeking to remedy this by allowing the general public to demo their vehicle at the EcoVelocity convention that will be held this week in London.
Several car manufacturers are investing in hydrogen fuel. Most, if not all, have some form of fuel cell vehicle in the works. Many of the largest automakers will be launching their hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2013, hoping that a working fuel infrastructure will be in place by then. Hyundai, however, is opting for a later release for their vehicle in order to gauge the demand and potential for success of hydrogen fuel.
The company will also take time to show off their new high-efficiency combustion engines at the convention. The engines are a take on conventional internal-combustion engines, but with a few tweaks to make them more environmentally friendly and efficient.
After the convention, Hyundai will continue their work on building hype over the coming shift from gasoline to hydrogen. If an infrastructure does become established, hydrogen may indeed be the fuel that powers the future of transportation.