A report streaming in from the Korea Herald suggests that Hyundai is ever so close to conducting a wide-scale test of its next-generation fuel cell vehicle on public roads. The hydrogen-fueled model, a converted Hyundai Tuscon ix, will hit Korean streets next year and partake in demonstration events in Seoul and other major cities across the nation. The testing precedes Hyundai's scheduled 2012 limited production run of a fuel cell vehicle.
The Tuscon ix fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is Hyundai's latest version of a hydrogen-fueled prototype. The ix follows the automaker's Santa Fe FCEV introduced way back in 2000 and its Tuscon FCEV (pictured above), which hit the roads in 2008. The Tuscon ix is claimed to have a driving range of 404 miles, offer improved fuel efficiency over the 2008 version and can operate in temperatures down to -13 Fahrenheit. To date, Hyundai and its partner, Kia, have racked up more than 1.2 million miles on its fuel-cell powered prototypes. Hat tip to Roy!