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Hyundai to introduce world's first production fuel-cell electric vehicle

Mercury News -- Hyundai, which has lagged its rivals in battery-powered electric cars, aims to leapfrog that technology and roll out what it calls the world's first production fuel-cell electric vehicles at this week's Paris auto show.

The South Korean automaker is betting that fuel-cell electric vehicles will be a more realistic future auto technology than pure battery electric cars such as Nissan Motor's Leaf.

Those models have struggled to win over drivers as the batteries are expensive, take hours to recharge and can only drive short distances. Toyota this week scaled back plans for its all-electric eQ minicar, saying it misread the market.

A fuel-cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into water and generating power to drive an electric motor. Fuel-cell vehicles can run five times longer than battery e


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mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:00:40 AM

Great idea - but cars will be first sold in Europe. Toyota admits current battery powered cars won't be widely accepted. Aside from fueling stations, price will be a killer at the start.
remay
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 5:36:25 AM

"production"? only 1000 in 3 years? 88k? They have a ways to go, but I guess they have to start somewhere...
bston
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:59:55 PM

Sounds great!
lesndave
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:55:09 PM

Ok
andy1024
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 9:33:18 PM

Thanks Hyundai for another good option.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 3:52:59 PM

ok
menagerie1013
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 3:26:01 PM

ok
sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:50:14 PM

What is suitable for Europe is not necessarily suitable for North America. For example, natural gas which is abundant in North America but not in Europe may become the next generation of fossil fuel in Canada and the United States.
caddilac
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:07:06 PM


If Norway can develop a hydrogen fuel-cell infrastructure, Called HyNor, then why can't the same hydrogen furl-cell refueling infrastructure be built in the US and Canada???

http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/hydrogen-highway.htm

California's version of HyNor perhaps????

[Edited by: caddilac at 9/26/2012 3:13:04 PM EST]
mnbeancounter
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:55:41 PM

Good for them
caddilac
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:55:12 PM


Nothing new.

Honda has already built a hydrogen fuel-cell car, AND they have developed a home refueling station as well.

Honda's Fuel-Cell car

Honda's Fuel-Cell Home Refueling Station

And if a small country like Norway can develop an hydrogen refueling infrastructure, named HyNor for those that want to look it up, why can't larger countries like the US and Canada do the same?

[Edited by: caddilac at 9/26/2012 3:00:40 PM EST]
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:53:25 PM

Good move, but how much is it going to cost the consumer? I'm afraid the early adopters are going to pay through the nose for this technology.
mikaye
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:49:15 PM

fuel-cell still has to be charged and prices are too expensive
ccf_jeff
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:46:57 PM

Well, if Toyota misread the market, then Chu and the Obama administration certainly did. They cut the funding on the fuel cell projects in progress and pumped billions into electric vehicles.

I guess time will tell.
Mariuxus
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:45:17 PM

Wow...Hyundai...stolen technology...
bar1035
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:44:50 PM

So who's got $88,000 to buy one?
bigmace111
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:44:24 PM

It's about time someone came out with a hydrogen powered vehicle. Now if they make it big enough for a family they will corner the market.
frugalking
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:43:35 PM

Very interesting.
NO_SWEAT
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:40:58 PM

These guys are doing some great work.
oldiesman
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:40:52 PM

Hyundai NO!
bluetatanka
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:39:14 PM

Interesting points that you make, gas too high.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:39:05 PM

Any one know what the cost will be to refill a fuel-cell???
19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:37:18 PM

And where do you fuel it up at?
tdmedan
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:34:22 PM

ok
BIGREDNM
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:34:04 PM

I'm not sure about anything that's a first for Koreans when it comes to cars.
kino10
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:33:30 PM

not for me, what about natural gas?
repeater1
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:33:28 PM

If anyone can make it work correctly bet on Hyundai to do it.
BlueBell
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:30:13 PM

It's it is anything like my Sante Fe - it may be my first really efficient auto. Have never had an issue with this car. Some great workmanship!
marlita
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:29:09 PM

not for me
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:26:28 PM

Keep working the issue...we need progress.
GryphonX
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:25:30 PM

I hope this one doesn't burst into flames as well ...
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:22:54 PM

Keep working on it.
gasbuddyVA
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:16:03 PM

ready for it - get away from batteries
Kato51
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:15:56 PM

Why aren't we able to come up with something that will work?
1Casey
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:14:11 PM

let's see it!
99church
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:12:02 PM

hydrogen may be the best alternative provided it can be done ssfely. cheap and plenty
bullfrog69
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:11:55 PM

Communist car, for you communist americans!
dynamouse
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:10:16 PM

ok
TopGunn
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:10:15 PM

Good for them.
divebomber
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:08:22 PM

HYUNDAI IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND THE COMPETITION DOESN'T REALIZE IT YET!
Bildawg
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:07:34 PM

cool
mitchells
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:57:53 PM

didn't honda and m-b have fuel cell cars like 10-15 years ago?
orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:57:09 PM

There are many different sorts of fuel cell technologies, and they each have their advantages and disadvantages, as to operating temperatures, fragility/robustness, and the type of fuel that they can 'burn'
5Golfer8
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:57:03 PM

I'm sure that their using Obama money to create this vehicle since the money was not used here in the states.
CISA
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:56:55 PM

Yours for only $88,000!
And Hyundai hopes to reduce the price to $44,000 by 2015 when they introduce it in larger numbers.
Attention environmentalists: go for it!

Rmoney
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:56:24 PM

The problem with fuel cells is that they are almost always tied to hydrogen, which is the least practical or available of the gasoline alternatives today. I have heard references to natural gas powered fuel cells which sound far more attainable.

GTH
momof5MN
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:55:05 PM

Not for me.
blackberryga
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:54:20 PM

hummm
letterchunker
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:53:12 PM

They won't get any of my money, buy americn
DeeLA
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:52:53 PM

Will there be stations for refueling them, before they go on the market?
Agarre
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:48:34 PM

hopefully this improves their sales
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