Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Featured On Ward's 10 Best Engines List 2015
Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell, which is currently used in the ix35, is the first of its kind to feature on the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines list by WardsAuto World. This lauded recognition follows closely on the selection of Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell as a finalist in Green Car Journal’s 2015 Green SUV of the YearT and its distinction as the Green Car Product of Excellence.
"Hyundai engineers did a stunning job of slipping the most advanced automotive technology imaginable into a roomy family vehicle and making it all very consumer friendly," said Drew Winter, editor in chief of WardsAuto World magazine." The powertrain is exceptionally quiet and has a range of about 430 km, and it can be refuelled in minutes instead of hours like a battery-electric vehicle. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is a great engineering achievement and a giant leap for zero-emissions vehicles."
Designed to replace the battery pack used as a power source in electric vehicles, Hyundai’s Fuel Cell generates electricity from hydrogen through an electromechanical process. As an innovation yet to reach South African shores, the ix35 Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the petrol-powered ix35, to ensure that range or recharge time does not detract from contemporary living.
"Being included on the prestigious Ward's 10 Best Engines list validates Hyundai Motor's powertrain technology leadership," said Dr Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor's R&D Headquarters in Korea. "Hyundai Motors will continue to use its global R&D resources to develop innovative and game-changing powertrains and technologies, to offer customers more choices when making environment-conscious decisions."
Ward's 10 Best Engines, announced every December, is a list that defines the industry's outstanding powertrains. Since the list began in 1995, Hyundai Motors has been included four times: the Tau V8 was honoured in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the Gamma I-4 in 2012. The award ceremony will take place at a banquet during the North American International Auto Show on 14 January in Detroit.