As the hydrogen-fuelled Hyundai ix35s emit only clean water vapour from their exhausts, Hyundai calculates the Fuel Cell vehicles have prevented more than 585-tonnes of CO2 emissions entering the earth’s atmosphere.
The 125 Fuel Cell ix35s are averaging nearly 430kms between refills of their hydrogen fuel cells - about the same as an ix35 equipped with a petrol-fuelled engine.
Filling the tanks takes around five minutes - also about the same as it would to refill a similarly-sized petrol tank.
And so far no difficulties have been encountered in either extreme cold or hot weather (or as "extreme" as it gets in Southern California which enjoys a climate almost identical to the Australian east coast).
“With our growing consumer fleet of ix35 Fuel Cells accumulating miles and thus reducing corresponding emissions, we’re excited to help fulfill the unlimited potential for a zero-emissions hydrogen vehicle future,” revealed Hyundai Motor America’s product planning chief Mike O’Brien.
Hyundai claims the compact, lightweight fuel cell stack design is scalable and foresees a future where every vehicle type from compact cars to full-size buses and trucks could be emissions-free.
Hyundai Australia has some ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles on the roads around Sydney (pictured) and has installed a hydrogen refueling station at its headquarters in Macquarie Park.