Kia Motors started R&D on fuel cell technology in 1998. Our low-temperature (-20 degrees Celsius) start up technology has been certified, and in 2009, we developed a second-generation FCEV equipped with a 115-kw fuel cell stack (generator that converts energy created by the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen into electric power) and a 700-bar hydrogen storage unit. Mohave FCEV features a fuel cell stack built into the underfloor for even weight distribution, enabling more dynamic driving performance and more stable manoeuvrability. It can travel up to 690km on a single charge and has a maximum speed of 160km/h. the vehicle is designed to minimize damage to the hydrogen tank and pipes in rear-end collisions and is equipped with a sensor to detect hydrogen leaks caused by impact, thus fulfilling US collision safety requirements.
The Mohave FCEV’s durability and technological superiority were proven with the successful completion of the 2,655-km US Hydrogen Road Tour 2009. Some 99% of fuel cell technology is now domestically produced, and together with some 120 partner companies, we are developing technologies to reduce size and cost of fuel stack.
This is an exact article that has been taken from Kia Motors Move magazine produced in May 2014, copyrights belong to KMCA.