The battle for electric vehicle dominance is heating up on all fronts. Whilst Nissan and Mitsubishi have cemented their position as battery-powered electric car manufacturers, others like Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz are focusing on perfecting Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).
Last week saw Hyundai give the mayors of the four Nordic capital cities a chance to test drive its ix35 FCEV vehicles. The mayors came from capital cities of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland to see the future of mobility from Hyundai.
If you're wondering why Hyundai would showcase its Blue Drive technology in that part of the world, it's majorly due to the Nordic nations massive interest in electric vehicles. Iceland is currently the leading nation for electric vehicle uptake.
Additionally, 80% of Iceland's energy is produced renewable (from geothermal and hydro) with only 3% coming from coal. Iceland is a country which can legitimately claim to run electric vehicles as near zero-emission from power-plant to tailpipe.
So popular is the uptake of electric cars in Iceland that the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is one of the best selling vehicles in the market today. Hyundai plans to capture market-share in this segment with its ix35 FCEV.
Like the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL vehicles, The FCEV ix35s use hydrogen-powered fuel cells to power an electric motor, which results in a range of about 340km and a 0-100km/h time of 12.8 seconds. Top speed is a respectable 160km/h. Watch the video below: