Hyundai’s Zero-Emission ix35 Fuel Cell Helps Start EcoIslands Global Summit 2012
The hydrogen-fuelled Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell played a key role in starting the EcoIslands Global Summit on the Isle of Wight, by ensuring the keynote speaker arrived in a timely and sustainable manner. The Minister of State for Energy, John Hayes, was collected from the ferry by the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell before being driven to the Summit by TV presenter and motoring expert, Quentin Wilson.
The inaugural Global EcoIslands Summit 2012 saw community leaders, islands representatives, sustainability experts, government ministers and technology giants meet on the Isle of Wight. Attendees learned from the foundations already being laid on the Isle of Wight and made their own public commitments by signing the EcoIslands Accord, which aims to enable islands and regions around the world to achieve renewable energy self-sufficiency by 2020 and sustainability by 2030.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will form part of a fleet of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered vehicles that will be used across the Isle of Wight as part of the EcoIsland project. They will be supplied by one of two grid-connected hydrogen refuelling platforms, both of which are being designed and installed by ITM Power as part of a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) backed project to develop a test bed for hydrogen fuel on the island.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK commented, “Hyundai is committed to being the industry leader in eco-friendly mobility and so we are delighted to be involved in such an inspirational project. Like the EcoIslands initiative, we want to do more than just talk about the future, and the ix35 Fuel Cell shows we’re helping to shape it. Wherever the refuelling infrastructure is in place, as it will be shortly on the Isle of Wight, the ix35 Fuel Cell is a viable real-world proposition.”
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will shortly become commercially available, bringing its benefits to greater numbers of people and communities. Up to 1,000 units are to be delivered between 2013 and 2015, with production of around 100,000 units after 2015.