Fraunhofer ISE Adds Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle to its Research Fleet of Fuel Cell Cars

Fraunhofer Hyundai i35 fuel cell vehicle
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell passenger car parked at Fraunhofer ISE’s solar hydrogen filling station. ©Fraunhofer ISE

The transformation of the energy system relies on a large share of fluctuating renewable energy sources and thus requires hydrogen for long-term storage and as a fuel in the mobility sector. In 2012, Fraunhofer ISE erected a solar hydrogen filling station at the institute to demonstrate future, zero-emission mobility based on green hydrogen produced on location using solar energy and water.

Over the past four years, the Fraunhofer scientists have been using three Daimler B-Class F-Cell Vehicles to test fuel cell mobility. Now with the newly acquired Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell passenger car, Fraunhofer ISE expands its zero-emission research fleet.

Hyundai x35 fuel cel vehicle

Dr. Christopher Hebling, Division Director of Hydrogen Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE, refuels the newly acquired Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle on location at the Institute’s solar hydrogen filling station. ©Fraunhofer ISE

A fuel cell in the vehicle converts hydrogen into electricity which runs an electric motor. Only water vapor is emitted from the exhaust pipe. As in a battery-electric vehicle, the motor operates quietly and gearshift pauses do not occur. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle has a very long driving range of up to 594 km according to the European driving cycle NEFZ and the tank can be fully refueled in three minutes. This demonstrates that electric-drive mobility is also possible over long distances.

At Fraunhofer ISE, the newly acquired vehicle will be used to investigate the performance of this future-oriented technology for regular, everyday use on the roads. As new-generation vehicle, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell passenger car shall provide information about reliability, performance and consumer behavior in comparison, for example, to the F-Cell vehicles which have been available at ISE up to now.

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