Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

ECO-Friendly Technologies - FCEV (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars)

Kia Motors has secured world-class competitiveness in the development of FCEV technologies and is actively pursuing commercialization to become a global FCEV leader.

FCEVs were tested on roads in Korea and the U.S. FCEVs were tested on roads in Korea and the U.S.


Activities involving FCEVs in Korea from 2009 to 2012

  • FCEV Roadshow (2009.05) FCEV Roadshow (May 2009)

  • Test driving event (Dec. 2009) Test driving event (Dec. 2009)

  • Support for Yeosu EXPO (May 2012) Support for Yeosu EXPO (May 2012)


FCEV test run in the U.S. in December 2008

  • Test run from San Francisco Test run from San Francisco

  • Test run from LA Test run from LA

Borrego (Mojave) FCEV

Borrego (Mojave) FCEV Borrego (Mojave) FCEV

Borrego (Mojave) FCEV

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available for anyone to use safely.

Even when leaked into the air, hydrogen disperses very quickly, unlike gasoline, diesel or LPG, which tends to gather within an enclosed. This is because hydrogen, as distinct from other fuels, is lighter than air. Tests in a closed space simulating a garage show that hydrogen, when leaked into the air, poses a much lower risk of fire or explosion than gasoline or LPG.

A fuel cell EV that uses hydrogen energy has a tank to contain compressed hydrogen. Made from aluminum or plastic liner and high strength carbon fiber, the tank has proven safety, having been subjected to extreme testing, including flame, gun-fire, repeated impact and fall testing. It has also been put to internal vibration test and simulated frontal, side and rear impact test to ensure maximum safety. Other safety measures include a sensor that detects any leaked hydrogen, alerts the driver and shuts down the supply of hydrogen, a valve that controls the flow of hydrogen and an impact sensor that blocks the supply of hydrogen upon impact.
In the event of a fire, a safety valve is activated to drain hydrogen, making it no more dangerous than gasoline, diesel or LPG. Its flame is smaller than that of CNG. As such, hydrogen promises a cleaner planet. To facilitate the era of clean energy that uses hydrogen as the primary source, Hyundai and Kia are working to develop technologies not only for fuel cell vehicles powered by hydrogen, but also for greater safety in such vehicles, through intensive R&D efforts and testing based on the most stringest standards.

No technology for humans can be perfectly safe, but Hyundai and Kia alway try to reach the level of perfection. With the launch of more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, we will play a leadership role in realizing low-carbon green growth. Please look out for what we do for the goal.
  • ㆍMax speed: 160 km/h
    ㆍDriving range: 685 km
  • ㆍMotor capacity: 110 kW (induction motor)
    ㆍStart temperature: -20℃

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