Hyundai's fuel-cell vehicle development keeps chugging along as the automaker has just unveiled its latest hydrogen-fueled prototype, the Hyundai Tucson ix FCEV (fuel-cell electric vehicle). The Tucson ix FCEV made its U.S. debut at the 2011 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy conference in Washington, DC and will be on display until February 16.
Destined to hit the streets of Korea for testing later this year and expected to enter limited production in 2012, the Tucscon ix crossover is equipped with a 100-kilowatt fuel cell system and a pair of hydrogen storage tanks. The fuel cell directs power to a 21 kW battery, which sends juice to an electric motor, enabling the Hyundai Tucson ix FCEV to hit a top speed of 100 miles per hour and travel up to 403 miles between fill ups.
Hyundai's Tucson ix FCEV features a fuel cell setup that's 20 percent smaller and a total operating range that's 76 percent greater than the automaker's previous Tucson FCEV prototype. Hyundai aims to launch a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle by 2015 and is "confident" that it can beat Toyota's targeted price of $50,000 for its hydrogen sedan. Check out the complete press release after the break. Hat tip to Roy!