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On the Road to Becoming the First Environmentally Friendly Sport-Utility

19 July 2001


Hyundai America Technical Center, along with its partner Quantum Technologies Worldwide, Inc. are bringing the future a little closer with major advancements in the world of fuel cells and cutting edge technology that could power the cars of tomorrow. They are doing this by filling the hydrogen storage tank of a fuel cell powered Hyundai Santa Fe to store the clean hydrogen fuel at the never before reached level of 5,000 pounds per square inch (psi). Until now, no automobile manufacturer has been able to fill a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle tank to more than 3,600-psi.

The fuel system developed for the Santa Fe meets the challenging packaging requirements for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. While increasing the travel distance with more hydrogen in the same space, the vehicle maintains maximum safety conditions and allows for minimal intrusion into the cargo and passenger areas of the Santa Fe. The hydrogen tank is tucked up, out of the way so the Santa Fe maintains its 8.1 inches of ground clearance.

The tanks are uniquely designed and manufactured with a one-piece permeation resistant seamless liner, a carbon composite over-wrap for strength, and a tough impact-resistant shell. This lightweight, rigid design allows for improved range and safety of hydrogen.






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