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Hyundai Urges Action On Hydrogen Infrastructure

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Hyundai Motor Company, has been joined by other global automakers such as Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Honda and Nissan to urge governments, energy companies and other organisations to develop easily accessible and affordable hydrogen infrastructure to ensure the successful introduction of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV's) into the global marketplace.

"This technology is coming, however steps need to be taken to ensure that it will work efficiently once it does arrive," says Philip Eustace, Hyundai New Zealand Executive Director.

"Governments around the world and our own have been pushing the automotive industry for quite some time to produce environmentally friendly vehicles in greater numbers, however, there needs to be infrastructure put in place on their behalf to make it all work."

Car manufacturers overseas have said that a hydrogen infrastructure network with sufficient density is required by 2015.

"This kind of infrastructure would be quite large scale in other countries, supporting large public transport schemes. New Zealand doesn't have to follow suit on that scale, but we would require something in place that would work at an individual consumer level."

Hyundai's FCEV program has been gaining momentum with plans in place to start limited series production by 2012. Hyundai plans to expand its demonstrator fleet of FCEV's to 200 units by 2010, including SUVs and city buses; then slowly ramp up production starting in 2012.

FCEVs are part of Hyundai's "Blue Drive" strategy, an eco-initiative which will bring to market a range of eco-friendly products and technologies designed to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Hyundai will introduce four Blue Drive models at the upcoming 2009 IAA in Frankfurt where the company has created a special Blue Drive Zone to exhibit a wide array of its new eco-friendly technologies and products. There will be a world debut of the ix-Metro, a daring new Hybrid Electric CUV for the European sub-B segment, which promises CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.

The other world debut will be the i10 Electric, a zero emissions urban commuter vehicle. There will also be the Elantra LPI Hybrid and the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid Electric concept vehicle on display. The Elantra LPI HEV is the world's first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by liquid petroleum gas and the first production car to be powered by advanced lithium ion polymer batteries (LiPoly).

Lastly, a new Blue edition of Hyundai's highly popular i30, designed in Germany and built in the Czech Republic, will debut in Frankfurt. It features fuel-saving stop-and-go emissions reduction technology. The i30 1.6 CRDi with ISG generates just 113g/km of CO2.

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