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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, Changing the History of Vehicles

Kia has secured world-class competitiveness in the development of FCEV technologies and is actively pursuing commercialization to become a global FCEV leader. The fuel cell electric vehicle project that started with a tiny water drop has now become a massive trend, surprising and delighting the world.

A fuel cell electric vehicle, or an FCEV, drives using the electricity that is generated when the hydrogen stored in the vehicle is joined with air. The vehicle emits zero pollution, and the only thing that is discharged from the vehicle when it generates power is pure water (H2O). It is also called the ‘air purifier on the road ‘ as it is capable for removing 99.9% of ultra-fine dust (PM2.5) from the atmosphere. An FCEV which has a tank that stores hydrogen instead of fuel for an internal combustion engine can have a range that is equal to that of internal combustion engines. Also, the time it takes to charge the hydrogen is similar to filling up a gasoline tank at a gas station, around three to five minutes. Also, the power system of an FCEV can be used as a commercial power generator, so that the vehicle can transmit its power to the grid.

Sometimes people mistakenly worry about storing hydrogen in a tank under a pressure of 700bar, which is very high, mounted on a vehicle. However, what is being used in an FCEV is the normal ‘hydrogen molecules.’ It is nothing like a hydrogen bomb, where tritium or heavy hydrogen is needed to trigger a nuclear fusion at a temperature exceeding 100 million degrees and under several thousand bars of pressure.
Also, the FCEVs of Hyundai Motor Group have been certified for the safety of its hydrogen tanks, for their resistance against permeation, that is, preventing the hydrogen from leaking out from the tank, flame resistance to prevent the tank from exploding when the vehicle catches fire, and impact resistance to protect the tank in a collision accident. The tanks satisfy not only the South Korean standard but also the European standard, and even the world’s toughest standard which is the UN’s global, integrated standard.

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

Kia 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.

KOREA

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)

U.S.A

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