Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell announced

  • Hydrogen-powered SUV confirmed
  • Up to 1000 ix35s by 1015
  • 0-62mph in 12.5sec, top speed of 100mph
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Hyundai will start production of its first hydrogen-powered model the ix35 Fuel Cell by the end of the year.

It aims to build 1000 examples by 2015, all of which will be leased 'publically and privately'; Hyundai has already signed leasing contracts in Sweden and Denmark. The firm says it has a target of 10,000 units after 2015.

The new model, which gets a minor face-lift, uses a fuel stack to convert hydrogen into electricity. This is stored in a battery pack and is used to drive the wheels.

The ix35 Fuel Cell has a range of 365 miles and gets to 60mph in 12.5sec, with a top speed of 100mph.

Hyundai hasn't revealed how much the car is going to cost to lease, but it is unlikely to appear in the UK because of a lack of hydrogen infrastructure.

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By Iain Reid