Hyundai has announced that the all-new ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-production car powered by hydrogen, will be priced from £53,105.
This includes part-funding from the HyFive project, which saves customers nearly £15,000 on the unfunded on-the-road price of £67,985, similar to the grants available for electric vehicles in the UK.
Aiming to boost the number of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles on British roads, the HyFive project is also aiming to up the number of hydrogen fuel stations in London by the end of the year.
369 miles on a single tank!
The ix35 Fuel Cell, meanwhile, has been trialled in limited numbers in 15 countries around the world, but will now go on sale across the country, with first deliveries expected later in the year.
Equipped with a 134bhp electric motor, the ix35 Fuel Cell also features a pair of hydrogen storage tanks, which allow it to travel up to 369 miles on a single fill, with a top speed of 100mph.
Despite its hydrogen-derived power source, on the inside the ix35 Fuel Cell is every bit a normal car, with more standard kit than on many of its rivals.
Standard equipment on the ix35 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated seats, along with heated door mirrors, a leather steering wheel, parking sensors and a trip computer.
Higher trim levels, meanwhile, get larger 18-inch alloys, a double-length panoramic glass roof and cruise control, plus keyless entry, automatic lights and wipers, plus full leather seats.
What’s more, thanks to the eco-friendly nature of the hydrogen powertrain, the ix25 Fuel Cell produces zero tailpipe emissions, meaning it’s devoid of both road tax and the London Congestion Charge.
Back in January this year, the ix35 was also officially named the best crossover model at the BusinessCar magazine Awards, thanks to its on-road abilities, practicality and equipment.
ix35 named best crossover by BusinessCar
Paul Barker, BusinessCar editor, said: “ix35 illustrates the great leaps Hyundai has made in terms of product appeal, quality, value and design, and shows that the brand is now a mainstream choice.
“These awards are selected by the readers of BusinessCar, and they obviously appreciate the talents of a company that is on the up and can match the more established business car players for efficiency, satisfaction and operating costs.”
Available to buy now, prices for the new Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell start from £53,105 with the grant worth £15,000 from the HyFive project.