Mohave Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle December 17th, 2009

Colin JangBy Colin Jang
Kia BUZZ Editor

What is the next-generation power source that will replace the internal combustion engine? At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, many pointed to the electric vehicle. However, prominent global automakers are still hard at work to find the answer to that question. Kia Motors is making progress to commercialize the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).

On December 1, the test drive car of Mohave FCEV was unveiled at Kia’s domestic sales headquarters in Seoul’s Apgujeong-dong. Present at the unveiling were five consumers chosen for the test drive among 17,800 applicants. They were joined by local movie star Yu Ji-tae, lawmaker Won Hee-ryong and Lee Joon-hyun, president of Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. The test drive will last for six months during which engineers will identify and make necessary corrections. Free charging will be available at six hydrogen charging stations in the Seoul metropolitan area.

Mohave FCEV

In June, Kia Motors took part in the Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 in the US. Kia Borrego FCEV successfully completed the 2,655km course from San Diego in the US to Vancouver in Canada.

Several issues still have to be addressed for FCEV commercialization. They include the possibility of hydrogen leaks, charging time and building the infrastructure (hydrogen stations). The safety of Mohave FCEV has been proven through crash and fire testing, while the charging time is under five minutes, similar to diesel or gasoline cars. However, the necessary infrastructure has yet to be completed which relies on governments, energy companies, lobbying groups and citizens.

In terms of driving performance, the Mohave FCEV doesn’t pale compared to cars with an internal combustion engine. It has a maximum power of 110Kw/147hp (torque: 300Nm) and maximum speed of 163km/hr. It has a 0->60mph acceleration time of 12.5 seconds and can run 454km on a single charge under 350bar pressure.(From the video below, the Mohave FCEV can go 685Km on a single charge under 700 bar pressure). I had a chance to drive the Mohave FCEV. Like a car running on an electric motor, it was quiet and accelerating power was better than expected. Mohave FCEV is so quiet that it may even seem a little dull to drivers like me who enjoy the powerful roar of an internal combustion engine and exhaust sound.

Kia plans to begin small-scale production in 2012, with full-fledged production slated from 2015. The price tag will be about KRW50 million($50,000). It seems that zero emission cars of our dreams will soon become reality.

To learn more about Mohave FCEV, please take a look at the video below.

  • jtz

    This is so amazing from making bicycle parts to this.

  • HyundaiSmoke

    Speaking about sounds, if youre going to put a new kind of Door open/Seat belt Undone indicator warning noise. Why, did you use a GM sounding Noise for the Forte? That long loud Bong Noise is annoying as hell, and makes me think its going to be a POS GM quality product. I actually miss the “bing, bong, Bing, Bong” noise from the Current Gen Hyundai/KIA Products. However, I know its time for a change. I just wish you made the noise sound futuristic and away from the rest of the pack.

    My dream would be for every car, to have that sound that K7/Cadenza had on that Spy Movie Commercial as soon as you began to start it for an indicator Noise. That “binga ba bing, ba, bing bing.” At the same time it says ”KIA or Hyundai Motors, Welcome” in the dash.

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  • Nicolas

    One liter of formic acid contains more than 53 grams of hydrogen, compared to just 28 grams for the same volume of pure hydrogen pressurized to 350 bars! Ecological and at normal pressure! That will be THE future!
    Look at this new invention from hydrogene ©Alain Herzog/EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland