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FCEVs run on the electricity generated by the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Since the only by-product is water, FCEVs can tackle the twin challenges of environmental degradation and energy depletion. Moreover, the FCEV system is twice as efficient as that of the existing internal combustion engine drivetrains. For FCEV commercialization, however, the hydrogen-generation process has to become more energy-efficient and a network of hydrogen fueling stations must be set up. Korean and global automakers are working toward the goal of commercializing FCEVs and putting a network of charging stations in place by 2015. There are also discussions on turning to wind power as a means of making the hydrogen production process less costly and more eco-friendly.

Kia Motors started R&D on fuel cell technology in 1988. With the successful certification of our low-temperature (-20˚C) startup technology, we managed to overcome what was considered a major hurdle in FCEV commercialization.

 

Mohave’s Fuel Cell Technology

In 2009, we succeeded in developing the Mohave FCEV, a second-generation FCEV featuring a 115 kW fuel cell stack and a super capacitor, a next-generation energy storage unit. The fuel cell stack is built into the underfloor for even weight distribution,enabling more dynamic driving performance and more stable maneuverability. With its 700-bar hydrogen storage system, the Mohave FCEV can travel up to 690 km on a singlecharge and has a maximum speed of 160 km/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 U.S. collision safety requirements.

The Mohave FCEV’s durability and technological superiority were proven with the successful completion of the 2,655 km U.S. Hydrogen Road Tour 2009. We have succeeded in the local production of 99% of hydrogen fuel cell technologies. With some120 partner companies, we are working to reduce the size of the fuel stack, enable startup at -30℃, and raise the system’s efficiency.

Mohave FCEV Specs

  • Motor | 110 kW induction motor
  • Temperature | -20˚C startup
  • Storage | 700-bar hydrogen storage system
  • Speed | Max. 160 km/h
  • Distance | 690 km per charge

This wraps up our Go EcoDynamics three part series. Stay tuned for more news on Kia’s developments towards sustainable mobility and a green and prosperous planet.

Learn More– Go EcoDynamics!

Read the other two previous parts from our series below.

Part 1 – Hybrid Electric Vehicles – Kia Optima Hybrid

Part 2 – Electric Vehicles – Kia Ray RV