Kia unveils its Green Car technology

Kia unveils its Green Car technology

Kia Borrego FCEV 1_2

Kia has announced its intentions to be the first to bring a zero-emissions ‘Green’ car into mass production with the unveiling of a new fuel cell concept vehicle. The new technology is being showcased in a special version of the Kia Borrego, the large V8-powered SUV model introduced by the Korean car company earlier this year.

Kia Motors has been making attempts at fuel cell technology for a number of years and already has a number of trial vehicles being tested in Korea and the United States using earlier versions of the technology, which still have a limited range and lifespan. The next goal for Kia is to increase the effective range and build a fuel cell that can perform at peak power for up to ten years (early versions drop off in performance after three years).

The Borrego FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle), features numerous innovations including a higher output 154 horsepower fuel cell and a new 450-volt Supercapacitor to give the vehicle higher performance, a greatly extended driving range and cold-weather starting capability to operate in sub-zero temperatures.

Available with two and three hydrogen tank systems with 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV’s power plant is located under the center floor. The hydrogen is converted into electricity to drive an electric motor and the only emission is water vapour.

The fuel cell propels the vehicle to a top speed of 161km/h while boasting system efficiency of 62%. With a 202-litre hydrogen storage tank located underneath the cabin and ahead of the rear wheels, this latest Kia Motors research vehicle has a range of around 685km, which is better than most petrol cars and equal to, say, a diesel 1-tonne ute.

“Kia is entering an exciting phase of fuel cell development,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“I have been privileged to see and experience earlier versions of Kia fuel cell-powered vehicles in Korea and they were very impressive, but the new development appears to be much closer to a production model. It would be fantastic to see vehicles like this on New Zealand roads, supporting our own clean and green image.”

Kia has said that it is aiming to have a fuel cell vehicle in production for sale to consumers as early as 2011.

Kia Borrego FCEV 1_2

Kia has announced its intentions to be the first to bring a zero-emissions ‘Green’ car into mass production with the unveiling of a new fuel cell concept vehicle. The new technology is being showcased in a special version of the Kia Borrego, the large V8-powered SUV model introduced by the Korean car company earlier this year.

Kia Motors has been making attempts at fuel cell technology for a number of years and already has a number of trial vehicles being tested in Korea and the United States using earlier versions of the technology, which still have a limited range and lifespan. The next goal for Kia is to increase the effective range and build a fuel cell that can perform at peak power for up to ten years (early versions drop off in performance after three years).

The Borrego FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle), features numerous innovations including a higher output 154 horsepower fuel cell and a new 450-volt Supercapacitor to give the vehicle higher performance, a greatly extended driving range and cold-weather starting capability to operate in sub-zero temperatures.

Available with two and three hydrogen tank systems with 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV’s power plant is located under the center floor. The hydrogen is converted into electricity to drive an electric motor and the only emission is water vapour.

The fuel cell propels the vehicle to a top speed of 161km/h while boasting system efficiency of 62%. With a 202-litre hydrogen storage tank located underneath the cabin and ahead of the rear wheels, this latest Kia Motors research vehicle has a range of around 685km, which is better than most petrol cars and equal to, say, a diesel 1-tonne ute.

“Kia is entering an exciting phase of fuel cell development,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“I have been privileged to see and experience earlier versions of Kia fuel cell-powered vehicles in Korea and they were very impressive, but the new development appears to be much closer to a production model. It would be fantastic to see vehicles like this on New Zealand roads, supporting our own clean and green image.”

Kia has said that it is aiming to have a fuel cell vehicle in production for sale to consumers as early as 2011.

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