INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo launching in Gran Turismo® 6 on the PlayStation® 3 System

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HONG KONG – Infiniti today lifts the virtual covers off the INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo, a vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future. It was created through close collaboration with the creators of Gran Turismo®, the racing game franchise developed by Polyphony Digital Inc. that has sold more than 72 million copies worldwide. The INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo will be available for download starting today in Gran Turismo®6 (GT6™) exclusively on the PlayStation®3 system.

The INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo is a project that started as an ambitious global Infiniti Design competition to “design a pure Infiniti GT car.” The winning model was born from the theme put forward by Infiniti’s Design team in Beijing. Part beauty, part beast, its shape is powerful, sensual and audacious – a mix of a track machine and the dream of our Chinese design team to create an ambitious racing language for Infiniti.

The process of developing the design of the INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo started with hand sketching, then refined digitally, refined again by hand sculpting, and then returned to digital for final refinement.

This project went much further than being a mere design exercise. It included thorough examinations and calculations of technical features such as aerodynamics and engine performance. The front mid-ship / trans-axle powertrain enables the finely distributed 45:55 front/rear weight balance that fills users with the joy of driving by actively drifting the rear. As for aerodynamics, the under-floor airflow control, front and back diffusers, and uniquely shaped rear spoiler enable this car to demonstrate high performance without compromising the impact of the body design.

Today, automotive gaming enthusiasts are able to discover that performance first-hand when the concept car becomes available for download in Gran Turismo®6. Drivers who own GT6 will be the first to test drive the virtual concept car on world famous tracks across the globe.

“PlayStation” and “Gran Turismo” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Jaguar LandRover’s Virtual Windscreen: 360­° View eliminating Pillars

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Jaguar Land Rover develops transparent pillar and ‘Follow-Me’ Ghost Car Navigation Research

  • Jaguar Land Rover reveals its ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ research, which uses transparent roof pillars to give the driver a 3600 view outside the car
  • To aid navigation on busy urban roads, a ghost car could be projected in front of the car for the driver to follow
  • The concept uses future Heads-Up Display technology to provide information to keep the driver’s eyes on the road and reduce distraction
  • ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ and ‘Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation’ are part of a suite of new concept technologies that Jaguar Land Rover is developing to reduce the potential for accidents

Whitley, UK: 15th September 2014: Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 3600 view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof.

A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the angles outside the car usually obscured in the blind spots created by the A, B and C-pillars.

Pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles would be visible all around the car – and by combining the transparent pillars with an advanced high quality Heads-Up display, the movement of other road users could be highlighted to the driver with an on-screen halo moving across the car’s virtual windscreen.

When the driver indicates to change direction, when they move their head to look over their shoulder during an overtake manoeuvre, or as the vehicle approaches a junction, the system would automatically make the left or right-hand side pillars transparent.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our ultimate aim is to reduce the potential for accidents and enhance the urban driving experience. The Jaguar Land Rover research team is developing this technology to improve visibility and to give the driver with the right information at the right time. If we can keep the driver’s eyes on the road ahead and present information in a non-distracting way, we can help drivers make better decisions in the most demanding and congested driving environments.”

The full potential for the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen would be delivered by connecting the virtual windscreen to the Cloud. By connecting the car to roadside infrastructure and businesses in the urban landscape, the Virtual Urban Windscreen could present information ranging from petrol station prices to the number of parking spaces available, so drivers won’t have to look for this information themselves.

The connected car could also enhance navigation by advising the driver to turn left or right at more visible landmarks, such as pubs or shops, rather than just road signs or street names.

While the most intuitive and efficient way to navigate to a specific location is to be able to follow someone who knows the best route – so the Jaguar Land Rover team is developing ‘Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation’, which projects an image of a vehicle in front of the driver’s car for them to follow, turn by turn, to their destination.

“Driving on city streets can be a stressful experience, but imagine being able to drive across town without having to look at road signs, or be distracted trying to locate a parking space as you drive by,” added Dr Epple. “We want to present all of this information on a Heads-Up Display in the driver’s eye-line, so the driver doesn’t have to seek it out for themselves and take their eyes off the road ahead.”

Mini Review – Entry Level Motoring: Honda Jazz

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It’s new, and in a funny kind of way, quite cute.

It isn’t an exciting car by any means, but it is a very practical runabout for those cramped, smelly, smoky, crowded inner city streets. It is a popular choice for the younger and older crowd because it runs on the smell of an oily rag and is cheap to buy brand new. They also retain their value so you get a decent price when you go to sell, so is a win all round.

At around 15 grand plus onroads, the pov model still has a decent audio system and of course those tricky rear seats for which Jazz is known. Bluetooth pairs easily and you can USB charge and stream as well. Most will love the Siri Eyes Free mode so you can use the voice control as you would if you were holding the phone in your hand. That comes in handy for dialling and messaging. SatNav is also part of the system, kind of, via an app on your phone. The interface is a bit clunky and I’d had many long hours trying to get it to work smoothly. It requires an intrusive HDMI cable as well as the USB which sees cables flung about the cabin with gay abandon and looks very untidy. It has conniptions when calls come in with the satnav being interrupted and not resuming. In the end I gave up and used the phone in a cradle instead. That’s the best way. This system is now Honda-wide and I have no doubt this mark I model will be refined as time goes on. That won’t help anyone buying it now though. With Siri the best feature, there is no longer an excuse for barrelling down Oxford St bowling over pedestrians like nine-pins.

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The concept drawing looked stunning with a low wide car that looked fast even when it was standing still, but what we got was a higher roof on a less inspiring mini people mover. OK my blood isn’t furiously pumping and it isn’t the object of my desire, but it is perfect at what it does. Think about parking in the city: those parking spots feel like they’re getting smaller. The traffic is getting worse, and fuel is costing more. It makes sense that a small frugal engine in an efficient well designed, well-built car is best suited to an inner urban environment. City cars have seen an explosion of interest because people are becoming smarter about their choices. All come with air conditioning and lekky windows so the mod cons are taken care of.

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The top Jazz even has lashings of leather for boys who enjoy a bit of luxury, or an alternative lifestyle. There is keyless entry and smart start so you can leave the key in your pocket. There will be no fumbling about in the dark, at least not for your keys. The top model is nearly $26,000 which is top whack for a city car but you do get a lot for your money.

She doesn’t disgrace herself on the road either. The steering is smooth and light and the CVT means no 2014 Honda Jazz gaycarboys  (12)changing gears. In fact the CVT auto gets better fuel consumption than a manual. It sounds strange with the engine at max revs while the speed takes a little time to catch up, but CVTs are common place because of their ability to use less fuel. The revs drop the moment the vehicle no longer needs the power. So with fewer revs, there is less petrol being injected. You may not like a CVT but it does what it says on the box.

She is a bit rolly-polly in the corners but that’s so the ride is comfy on the goat tracks passing as roads in our cities. You won’t be breaking any track records nor would you want to take 4 adults on a long trip, but that isn’t what Jazz was designed for.

There is a sense of playfulness about the Jazz. It doesn’t take itself too seriously but is still reliable and comfortable. It’s cheap to buy, cheap to run, easy to park and easy to drive.

Think of Jazz as the Mini of the 21st century sans dire electrics.

Would I buy one: Yes, but I’d buy the manual pov model and have a convertible for the weekends.

Price: $16,990 – $25,726 (on road for auto)

Engine 1.5 petrol, 91ron fuel, 88kw/145NM, 5.8L/100k (auto)

Mazda develops bioplastic for exterior car parts

 

Hiroshima, Japan: Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, it has developed a new bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior design parts for automobiles.

The new plastic will help Mazda to reduce its impact on the environment in a number of important ways.

As the plastic is made from plant-derived materials, its adoption will help to curb the use of petroleum resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, the material can be dyed and emissions of volatile organic compounds associated with the painting process reduced.

Dyed parts made from the bio-based engineering plastic feature a finish of higher-quality than can be achieved with traditional painted plastic. The deep hue and smooth, mirror-like finish of the surface make the newly-developed plastic suitable for external vehicle parts with a high design factor.

Mazda will display prototype “Mazda Biotech material” parts made from the bio-based engineering plastic at Eco-Products 2014.

One of Japan’s largest exhibitions of environmental technologies and environmentally-friendly products and services, Eco Products 2014 is a three day event staged at Tokyo Big Sight starting today.

Mazda has been proactively developing technologies in the biomass field for a number of years.

To date, under the “Mazda Biotech material” name, the company has succeeded in developing the automotive industry’s first high-strength heat-resistant plant-derived bioplastic for auto interior parts, and the world’s first biofabric for vehicle seat upholstery made entirely from plant-derived fibre.

However, to be suitable for exterior parts, plastics are required to possess not only a high quality finish, but also excellent weather, scratch and impact resistance in order to stand up to harsh environmental factors to which they are exposed. Achieving this combination of characteristics with bioplastics has posed a technical challenge.

Now, Mazda has succeeded in making a material suitable for both interior and exterior parts. This has been achieved by optimising the composition of a newly developed, highly mouldable and durable bioplastic base material with additives and colouring agents (patent pending), and optimising moulding specifications.

This will enable the company to produce parts that are as durable as conventional painted ABS plastic parts yet feature a higher quality finish.

This bio-based engineering plastic will make its debut on interior parts for All-New Mazda MX-5 which will be launched globally in 2015. Moving forward, it will be used for exterior parts in other production models.

Mazda will continue to proactively develop unique technologies to help achieve a sustainable society with the aim of developing products that provide both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.

The new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe

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Driving dynamics, efficiency and exclusivity from the top drawer.

  • Wider range of standard equipment, including LED headlights and Park Distance Control.
  • Cutting-edge tech-style interior with iPhone-look Central Information Display and centre console in black panel design.
  • New exterior colours add to scope for individualisation.
  • New leather shades and new full-leather trim with contrast stitching, attractive accents in black chrome.

Munich. The new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 231 g/km*) and new BMW M6 Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.3 l/100 km [27.4 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km*) allow BMW M GmbH to restate its leadership in the highperformance luxury segment. The outgoing models had already set new benchmarks with the flawless balance of power, efficiency, agility, comfort and luxury that is typical of M models. And now the new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe are poised to write a fresh chapter in this success story, fuelled by an even more finely honed, well-resolved overall concept.

Powerful, sporty appearance.
The new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe announce their high-performance credentials before they even turn a wheel thanks to their athletic and dynamic appearance. A front end with new, standard-fitted LED headlights makes their intentions immediately clear – the M-specific double-bar kidney grille and eye-catching front apron with large air intakes see to that. The powerfully sculpted front wings with hallmark M gills (including integrated side indicators), the side skirts and the exclusive forged 19-inch M light-alloy wheels (BMW M6 Gran Coupe exclusive forged 20-inch M light-alloy wheels) only add to this impression. The sporting looks of the new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe are rounded off by a rear apron with integrated diffuser insert, two sets of M-specific twin tailpipes and the M6 logo on the boot lid. Another exclusive M feature is the ultra-lightweight contoured carbon roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which also helps to lower the cars’ centre of gravity visually.

The sporty and luxurious high-performance essence of BMW M GmbH also shines through in the interior of the new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe. Key elements here are the M leather steering wheel featuring shift paddles for the M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and M Drive, along with the distinctive M gearshift lever, special M instrument cluster, iPhone-style Central Information Display, centre console in black panel look and the M version of the BMW Head-Up Display. Setting the seal on the exclusive Merino full-leather interior appointments with contrast stitching are the electrically adjustable M sports seats, illuminated M door sill finishers with M6 logo, and an M driver’s footrest.

Excellent performance and outstanding efficiency.
The exceptional performance and outstanding efficiency of the new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe are underpinned by the remarkable 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine. This high-tech power unit impresses with its innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology – consisting of a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Double-VANOS and ALVETRONIC – and customary M attributes, such as a powerful and sustained wave of torque from low rpm, instantaneous responses, an enormous appetite for revs, linear power delivery and a familiar M soundtrack. At the same time, the M turbocharged engine is highly efficient, making for excellent fuel economy.

The 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine develops 412 kW/560 hp between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm in the new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and its peak torque of 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) is available across a broad rev band (1,500 – 5,750 rpm). Yet the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe also post combined fuel consumption in the ECE test cycle of just 9.9 litres/100 km (28.5 mpg imp)*, equating to CO2 emissions combined of 231 g/km* (BMW M6 Convertible: fuel consumption combined: 10.3 l/100 km [27.4 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km*). These fuel consumption and emissions figures are evidence of the M turbocharged engine’s supreme efficiency. Its excellent power delivery allows the new BMW M6 Coupe to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.2 seconds (BMW M6 Convertible 4.3 sec., BMW M6 Gran Coupe 4.2 sec.). The top speed of the new BMW M triumvirate is electrically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

The new BMW M6 models transfer the engine’s power to their rear wheels via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. M DCT changes gear with no interruption in the flow of power and features the Low Speed Assistant, which enables “creep on demand” up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The driver can also choose to take control manually using the paddles on the steering wheel. The standard-fitted Active M Differential splits the engine’s power between the rear wheels according to the driving situation and the condition of the road, thus improving traction, agility and driving safety. M carbon ceramic brakes can be specified as an option for the new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe.

Competition Package available as an option.
Drivers with particularly lofty sporting ambitions may like to specify their cars with the optional Competition Package. Conceived to enhance the handling properties of M models with targeted precision, the Competition Package adheres to the principle applied in the development of all BMW M cars: detailed suspension tuning based on the engine’s performance characteristics in order to blend maximum performance with authoritative and precisely controllable responses even in extremely dynamic driving situations.

The Competition Package raises the output of the M turbocharged engine to 423 kW/575 hp between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and puts peak torque of 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) on tap all the way from 1,500 to 6,000 rpm (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 231 g/km for the Coupe and Gran Coupe; fuel consumption combined: 10.3 l/100 km [27.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km for the Convertible)*. All of which shaves another tenth of a second off the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time for the new BMW M6 models. The Competition Package also features a sports exhaust system with tailpipes in black chrome, exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, more direct steering and specific suspension tuning.

Exclusive equipment and innovative options.
The new BMW M6 Coupe, new BMW M6 Convertible and new BMW M6 Gran Coupe leave the factory with an extensive and exclusive range of quipment fitted as standard. New features include Jatoba metallic paintwork, Merino Aragon full-leather trim and stylistic accents in classy black chrome. Customers can also decide to give their car an even more personal touch with items from the BMW Individual range. This brings into play a choice of 11 BMW Individual paint finishes, five BMW Individual leather trim variants and three BMW Individual interior trim elements.

M6 customers will also find the innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive at their disposal. Drivers with more ambitious sporting inclinations are the target market for the colour BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific layout, including speedometer, rev counter and Shift Lights. Likewise new are the BMW M Laptimer app designed to help drivers analyse their driving and the GoPro app, which can team up with a GoPro action camera to record fast laps of the track, for example.

* Fuel consumption figures calculated on the basis of the ECE test cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is
included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2 emissions und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen”
(Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html. LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB)

Hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell arrives in Australia

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  • Hyundai imports the first Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to be permanently based in Australia
  • Zero-emissions Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell runs on hydrogen, emits water
  • Australia’s first and only hydrogen car refueller to be installed at Hyundai Motor Company Australia headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney
  • ix35 Fuel Cell will begin testing and demonstration drives early in 2015

10th December 2014 – A Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, a hydrogen-powered, zero-emissions Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) built in Ulsan, South Korea, has arrived in Australia. It is the first hydrogen-powered car to be permanently imported into the country.

The vehicle is the first component of Hyundai’s plan to operate a test fleet of ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles in Australia. As such, it represents a pioneering step toward the commercial availability of emissions-free hydrogen powered vehicles in Australia.

“In February 2013, Hyundai Motor Company became the first automobile manufacturer in the world to begin mass-production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle – the ix35 Fuel Cell,” said Mr Charlie Kim, Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA).

“This gave HMCA the ability to order a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle in the same way as we order any other new Hyundai car. Now we have one, and we believe this fantastic car will help demonstrate the potential of hydrogen as a green transport solution for Australia.”

Hyundai has now begun the installation of Australia’s only Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) at its headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney, using hydrogen provided by gas partner Coregas Australia. The HRS, supplied by American company Air Products, has passed all planning permissions from Ryde Council and is expected to be fully operational early in 2015 after testing is completed during December

“Ultimately, we see no reason why Australians should not enjoy the same environmental solutions as consumers in other markets,” continued Mr Kim. “Hyundai strongly supports the idea of a ‘Hydrogen Highway’ in Australia like those already in operation overseas, and we are committed to working with local partners to try to facilitate this.”

 

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The Road to an Australian Hydrogen Highway

In Europe and the United States, ‘Hydrogen Highways’ have been built by government and private partnerships for use by FCEV’s like the ix35 Fuel Cell, along with other hydrogen-powered vehicles such as buses. In some cases the refuelling stations generate their own hydrogen by using solar energy and electrolysers – this creates an entirely ‘green’ transport network, with neither the fuel generation process nor the hydrogen vehicles themselves emitting any harmful by-products or burning fossil fuels.

HMCA plans to build an electrolyser in partnership with Australian company Sefca at its headquarters in Macquarie Park in 2015, and install a solar array to power both it and the refueller – this will make its HRS fully self-sustainable, with hydrogen made on-site.

The challenge of creating and distributing hydrogen through a viable, sustainable network is a significant one.

“We are not a political entity, nor are we aligned with any political party. However, we have seen in other countries that Governments play a crucial role in developing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure,” said Mr Kim. “To that end, HMCA’s Fuel Cell Team has visited Canberra on a number of occasions over the last two years to brief Federal Ministers about our hydrogen car. The reaction has been very positive.

“One of our proposals was the ‘Hume by Hydrogen’, which could link Australia’s two largest cities via the nation’s capital. It would require refuelling stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and in between, and could see hydrogen vehicles, including buses, running on the Hydrogen Highway emitting nothing but water vapour.

“A project like ‘Hume by Hydrogen’ would surely demonstrate the benefits of hydrogen transport very effectively – we want our ix35 Fuel Cell to start a meaningful conversation about a hydrogen infrastructure in Australia for the benefit of future generations.”  

HMCA has begun discussions with a number of interested local partners to advance its thinking and seek support for its proposals. Further announcements will be made at the ix35 Fuel Cell’s official launch early in the New Year.

The ix35 Fuel Cell

The ix35 Fuel Cell is one of the most advanced cars in the world, running on hydrogen and emitting nothing but water vapour from its exhaust pipe.

Hydrogen from the vehicle’s fuel tank is mixed with air and converted to electricity by a fuel cell stack – the electricity then powers the ix35 Fuel Cell’s electric motor.

The vehicle is near-silent, efficient, and emissions-free. It is also very safe, meeting the world’s most stringent vehicle safety standards. It is as practical and useful as a standard petrol- or diesel-powered ix35, with comparable interior space and similar performance.

The ix35 Fuel Cell develops 100kW of power and 300Nm of torque and has an official maximum range of 594km (see attached Q&A). A Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell set a record in early July for the longest journey completed by a vehicle on a single tank of hydrogen, driving 700km through Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

Private customers are leasing ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles in Los Angeles as part of an advanced hydrogen scheme, and many more ix35 Fuel Cells are operational throughout Europe. The delivery of Australia’s first FCEV marks a significant step in developing a hydrogen fuel infrastructure in this country.

For more information about the ix35 Fuel Cell, please visit: http://worldwide.hyundai.com/WW/Showroom/Eco/ix35-Fuel-Cell/PIP/index.html

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: Q&A
Answers provided by Scott Nargar, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Product Planning Manager and head of the HMCA Fuel Cell Program

How does the ix35 Fuel Cell work?
It’s essentially an electric car, with the electricity supplied by a fuel cell stack. The really clever part happens inside the fuel cell itself – in simple terms, Hydrogen molecules from the fuel tank are combined with air, and passed through a membrane in a process called electrolysis, which creates the electricity used to power the car’s electric motor.

The ix35 Fuel Cell uses what’s known as a PEM Fuel Cell – PEM stands for Proton Exchange Membrane or Polymer Electrolyte Membrane. Here’s what happens:

  1. A fuel cell has two electrodes, an anode and a cathode that are separated by a membrane.
  2. Oxygen passes over one electrode and hydrogen over the other.
  3. The hydrogen reacts to a catalyst on the electrode anode that converts the hydrogen gas into negatively-charged electrons (e-) and positively charged ions (H +).
  4. The electrons flow out of the cell to be used as electrical energy.
  5. The hydrogen ions move through the electrolyte membrane to the cathode electrode where they combine with oxygen to produce heat and water.

The diagram below shows how the process works in the car:

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What is the specification of the vehicle?
It is a left-hand-drive, European-specification ix35 Fuel Cell. This model is currently not made in right hand drive.

Is the hydrogen fuel in the vehicle dangerous?
The ix35 Fuel Cell meets the strictest global vehicle safety standards, like all the safest cars do – over 30 of the vehicles have been crash-tested to verify its level of safety. Many Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles are now operational on public roads around the world, including in California and countries throughout Europe.

Hydrogen is an ultra-light element that dissipates quickly when it comes into contact with the atmosphere, unlike petrol which can form in pools and burn – it is flammable, yes, but no more dangerous than other gases and arguably less dangerous than a fluid like petrol.

The car’s hydrogen tanks are constructed with steel and carbon composite wrap, enough to contain the gas at a maximum pressure of 700bar (10,000psi). The hydrogen tanks have had bullets fired at them, have been put into fire baths and subjected to other extreme tests to verify their immense strength – fuel pressure is greatly reduced before it enters the vehicle’s fuel cell stack.
In short, the ix35 Fuel Cell is extremely safe.

It’s also worth noting that Australia is quite advanced with the use of other gaseous fuels like LPG and CNG, so hydrogen technology – more advanced than LPG – should represent no great challenge for Australia in safety terms.  

What is it like to drive?
Surprisingly quick – it develops maximum torque at zero revs and accelerates more rapidly than you’d expect. Some members of the Australian media drove this version of the ix35 Fuel Cell recently at Hyundai’s Namyang proving ground and were surprised by how ‘natural’ the car is to drive. It’s near-silent, too, the same as any electric car.

How fast is it?
The ix35 Fuel Cell accelerates from 0-100kmh in 12.5 seconds and its maximum speed is 160kmh. It is no racing car, but it’s not slow. It’s like a normal car in most ways, but it’s an electric vehicle, so it makes no engine noise and has no gearbox.

How long will it take to refuel?
With an advanced, full-size 700bar (10,000PSI) refueller like those used in Europe and America, fill time is about three minutes, the same as a normal petrol or diesel car.

The refueller we will install at HMCA is a small 350bar (5,000PSI) compressor. Fill time is between three and seven minutes.

What is the specification of HMCA’s hydrogen refueller?
It is a 350bar refueller made by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. of Allentown, Pennsylvania. We can provide full details of the unit if required. Refuelling at 350bar instead of 700bar will mean our vehicle will have a range of approximately 300km – ample to demonstrate its capabilities.

When will the refueller be working?
It will be operational early in 2015.

Does the refueller generate its own hydrogen?
No. It will use compressed hydrogen supplied by Coregas Australia in bottled form. The hydrogen is made by natural gas reformation at Port Kembla NSW.

Next year, HMCA is planning to install an electrolyser unit in partnership with Australian company Sefca to generate hydrogen on-site, using water extracted from the atmosphere combined with solar power. We will reveal details of this unit in good time. Meanwhile, the Air Products machine combined with Coregas-supplied hydrogen serves our purposes well. 

Why are you doing this? What is the long-term plan?
Although we are fascinated by the potential of a large-scale hydrogen transport network in Australia, we are – first and foremost – a vehicle manufacturer and an advocate of the technology. We were first to mass-produce a hydrogen car and we will remain at the forefront of this technology; however, it is up to governments and other interested parties to plan and construct a transport infrastructure for the future.

We at Hyundai think there is great potential for the future with hydrogen in Australia, but we cannot fund or and plan infrastructure on our own. Events overseas would seem to show the benefits clearly – and, as we have done in other parts of the world, Hyundai will assist with partnerships in every way possible.

Over the past two years we have spoken with just about every major hydrogen infrastructure manufacturer in the world and studied hydrogen projects in California, Germany, UK, France and Scandinavia. In October this year we attended hydrogen infrastructure project meetings in Paris to learn how cooperative projects operate with the support of Governments, car makers and infrastructure manufacturers.  

Could a ‘Hume by Hydrogen’ highway be built by 2020? Of course. The potential is there for hydrogen highways, and for even more ambitious plans to power remote communities using solar and hydrogen technology – such schemes could include completely emissions-free transport built in. Over the past two years, discussions have been held with global infrastructure manufacturers, with one even showing interest in manufacturing the Hydrogen stations in Australia – a great way to create engineering and manufacturing jobs.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia is committed to hydrogen technology, but it will only work if vehicle and infrastructure manufacturers work together with businesses and Governments to start planning for a greener future today.