Visteon Helps Bring Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to U.S. Market


The Hyundai Tucson, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, which will be available for sale in the United States this spring, uses technology by Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp., a majority-owned subsidiary of Van Buren Township-based Visteon Corp.

“(Halla Visteon) has a longstanding and successful relationship with Hyundai, and we are very pleased to contribute our innovations on the first fuel cell vehicle in mass production,” YH Park, HVCC’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

Also known as the ix35, the compact crossover SUV features Halla products including a coolant heater, high-voltage cooling module and positive temperature coefficient heater, and an HVAC system (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) with an electric compressor.

The Tucson also features an Halla-developed centrifugal air compressor, which generates power needed to propel and operate the vehicle. The air compressor is a finalist for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Award in the product innovation category.

The vehicle, priced at around $28,000, was first released in Europe last year.