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Hyundai helps transform Aberdeen into 'hydrogen city'

Hyundai ix35 fuel cell

Aberdeen City Council is making four ix35 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles available for pay-as-you-go public use and for businesses to trial.

The announcement comes a week after Hyundai’s sustainable fuels development manager, Robin Hayles, told AM of the brand’s plans to name two specialist dealerships in London within the next six months and takes the total number of Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicles on UK roads to 15.

Those vehicles in the UK are already in use by Johnson Matthey, TfL, Air Products, ITM Power and Anglo American.

Hyundai Motor UK CEO, Tony Whitehorn said: “As more and more cities throughout the UK begin to improve their hydrogen facilities, we’re seeing greater demand for our ix35 fuel cell.

“It’s fantastic to be a part of Aberdeen’s hydrogen development in this way, especially because the cars are going to be used on a day-to-day basis by members of the public.

“We want them to experience all the reasons why we think hydrogen is the way forward in terms of usability, refinement and ultra-clean motoring.”

Aberdeen City Councillor Barney Crockett, who also chairs the European hydrogen association HyER, said: “Aberdeen is developing a reputation as a ‘can-do’ hydrogen city. With these cars, we are taking things to the next level, moving ever closer to becoming a world-leading renewables city and securing a hydrogen economy in Aberdeen, presenting tangible opportunities to the energy industry.”

As part of the UK’s Hydrogen Week (March 14the to 18th), the government-backed London Hydrogen Network Expansion project (LHNE) broke two new distance records for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles driving in the ix35 fuel cell.

Drivers covered 406 miles between fill-ups to record the longest journey in the UK on a single tank of hydrogen and travelled 6,096 miles over 50 laps of the M25 in six days to record the longest continuous journey made in a fuel cell vehicle.

The ix35 Fuel Cell is the first hydrogen car to go on sale to the public in the UK but has so far been sold direct to customers from Hyundai’s central office in High Wycombe.

But Hayles told AM: “Ultimately, there’s no reason why this car can’t be part of the dealership network’s offering.”

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