Fuel Cells are the way to go. Electric Cars are pointless.
Hyundai intends to put its fuel-cell Tucson into what executives call,
oxymoronically, "small-scale mass-production." By 2015,
total production will have reached 1000 units, mostly for Europe.
After 2015, the aim is to ramp output further, the company's European
boss saying it could be "up to 10,000 units a year after 2015,
mostly for California and Europe, provided the market and
infrastructure are up to it." The car will be built on the
regular Tucson assembly line in Ulsan, Korea. It will be lease-only to
selected fleets, at launch. After 2015, it will be made available for
private buyers, at a projected $52,000.
It has a 100-kilowatt stack, and the company claims it's capable of
100 mph, with a 12.5-second 0-62-mph time. The range on a full tank of
hydrogen is 367 miles on the European test drive cycle. The tank
capacity is 12 pounds of hydrogen, at 10,000 psi. Refueling takes
"a few minutes" at that pressure and the refuelling nozzle
adheres to the global standard for filling stations. The stack gets
its oxygen from ambient rather than compressed air, which means,
Hyundai says, lower parasitic power loss. Passengers hear less noise
because there is no compressor. The stack feeds a lithium-ion buffer
battery like that used in the Sonata Hybrid.
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