Kia reveals next generation Borrego fuel cell vehicle at Los Angeles Auto Show

Friday, 21 November 2008

Kia Motors Corporation's Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) programme has taken a major technological step forward with the global unveiling of the all-new Kia Borrego FCEV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Numerous innovations including a higher output 154 horsepower fuel cell and a new 450-volt Supercapacitor give the Borrego FCEV higher performance, a greatly extended driving range and cold-weather starting capability to operate in sub-zero temperatures.

Available with two and three tank systems with 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV's power plant is located under the centre floor and boasts an additional 47 horsepower of power to produce a peak output of 154 horsepower (a 44-percent increase compared to the previous generation) and propels the vehicle to a top speed of 161 kph while boasting a best-in-class system efficiency of 62 percent.  With a 202-litre hydrogen storage tank located underneath the vehicle and ahead of the rear wheels, this latest Kia Motors research vehicle has a range of around 685 km.

"Entering this new phase of our program is really exciting," said Dr. Hyun Soon Lee, president of research and development for the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group. 

 "Now we will be able to build fuel cell electric vehicles in higher volumes and lower cost for fleet testing and the latest Borrego FCEV drives us closer to making fuel cell vehicles available for consumers."

Demonstrating its ability to conduct engineering of both gasoline/diesel production models and fuel cell research vehicles simultaneously, Kia Motors will be able to significantly improve the efficiency and quality control of future fuel cell vehicle manufacturing processes.

With the use of lightweight aluminum body shell components, the Borrego FCEV has a power-to-weight ratio that is similar to the new production model SUV.  The FCEV also retains the roomy cabin, low noise levels and overall driving refinement of its new gasoline/diesel-powered sibling.

The Borrego follows on from Kia's current environmental technology showcase model - the Sportage FCEV.

Borrego FCEV vs. Sportage FCEV Technical Specifications


Sportage FCEV

New Borrego FCEV

Power supply type

Fuel Cell Stack with lithium ion polymer battery

Fuel Cell Stack with super capacitor

Fuel cell output

80 kW

107 hp

115 kW

154 hp


1 x 80 kW

1 x 110 kW

Max speed

150 kph

93 mph

160 kph

100 mph

0-60 mph

15 seconds

12.8 seconds

Max. range

300 km

186 miles

685 km

426 miles


20.7 kpl

49 mpg

23 kpl

54 mpg

Hydrogen tank capacity

152 liters

202 liters

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