Kia Borrego FCEV - click above for high-res image gallery
Kia and their partners at Hyundai are still moving full speed ahead on developing fuel cell technology for their vehicles. For its part, Kia has released new footage of their latest fuel cell prototype, the Borrego/Mohave FCEV. (The Borrego is badged as Mohave in the Korean market). The video explains some details of this latest-generation hydrogen test vehicle that we weren't aware of before.
While the base Borrego is a rear/all-wheel drive body-on-frame SUV, the FCEV drives the front wheels through a 110 kW AC electric motor. The fuel cell stack is located under the passenger compartment and puts out 115 kW. Interestingly, Kia claims its stack is designed to work with air at ambient pressure, eliminating one of the issues of other fuel cells – the need for a compressor. Kia also claims its fuel cell can utilize 98 percent of all the hydrogen to produce power.
Electrical energy from regenerative braking is stored in a super-capacitor module and then released for extra power boost when needed. Kia does not say what the capacity of the 700 BAR hydrogen storage system is, but the range of the vehicle is claimed to be 425 miles. Kia is still planning low volume series production in 2012 and mass production three years after that. Watch the video after the jump and check out our First Drive report of the last-gen Borrego FCEV is here.