Hyundai beginning production of ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle
Hyundai will begin production of the ix35 Fuel Cell crossover at its Ulsan manufacturing facility in Korea this December. The company has targeted a total of 1,000 units to be made by 2015.
The company is calling the ix35 Fuel Cell its "halo vehicle" inside its Blue Drive sub-brand (where its cleanest vehicles are badged) and has already signed contracts for lease and sale to cities in Denmark and Sweden. The company's ultimate goal is to get to 10,000 units after 2015.
The ix35 will be sold not just to fleets in Europe, but will also be offered for lease on the consumer market in Korea and California. This puts the FCEV into production a full two years before Toyota, Honda, General Motors, and others have promised theirs (2015).