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Hyundai to sell 17 hydrogen-powered cars to Europe in April

By Park Sae-jin Posted : April 26, 2013, 09:08 Updated : April 26, 2013, 09:08
Hyundai Motor has started mass production of vehicles powered by hydrogen for the first time in the world, company officials said.

Hyundai, South Korea's top automaker, plans to sell 1,000 hydrogen-powered cars in Europe and other parts of the world by 2015, they said. It will sell 15 units to Copenhagen, Denmark, and another two to Skane, Sweden, in April, they said.

Hyundai will produce hydrogen fuel cell versions of its Tucson ix sport utility vehicle at its plant in Ulsan, southern part of the country.

Hyundai's mass production of hydrogen-powered cars comes about two years earlier than Mercedes-Benz, GM and Toyota, according to the officials.

The automaker said the hydrogen-powered Tucson ix can travel up to 594 kilometers on a single charge, and has a fuel efficiency of 27.8 kilometers per liter in terms of gasoline.

By Keat Min Woo

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