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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, Changing the History of Vehicles

Kia Motors 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 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℃