A Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV by Hyundai Has Range and Style
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A next-generation fuel cell vehicle has been presented by Hyundai as an early glimpse, ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUVs official launch early next year. Hyundai’s commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle development is represented by the near-production-ready prototype. The motto of Hyundai for the new-age vehicle development embodies offering impressive capabilities and futuristic design.
Hyundai’s second commercially produced hydrogen model is yet-to-be named and uses the company’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The vehicle, its capabilities, and fuel cell technologies are an evolution of Hyundai’s global research, development and real-world evaluation programs, engineered with expertise honed through the world’s first commercial production of a fuel cell vehicle in 2013.
The vehicle’s efficiency is greatly improved compared with its predecessor, the Tucson Fuel Cell it is all by enhancing fuel cell performance, reducing hydrogen consumption, and optimizing key components. It exhibits an efficiency level of 60% or a 9% increase from the Tucson’s 55.3%. Also, targeting a driving range of more than 580 km on a single charge based on Korean testing standards. The new model boasts an impressive 161 HP of power as the maximum output is enhanced by 20%. Enhanced components – such as MEA (membrane electrode assembly) and bipolar plates – have helped to reduce production costs.
The FE Concept, which was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, is the inspiration for the new FCEV for the striking design features. The new model builds on the earlier design of the concept, taking an organic and flowing form, inspired by nature – namely water, the car’s only emission – with the clean design emphasizing its non-polluting nature. Complemented by industry leading bio-materials with eco-friendly certification, the clean and simple interior layout intuitively integrates high-tech elements in an ultra modern environment.
New eco-vehicle development roadmap
Hyundai Motor Group’s resumed goal of introducing 31 eco-friendly models across both the Hyundai and Kia brands to global markets by 2020. Hyundai’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles will be highlighted by the new model.
Hyundai is going on with its eco-vehicle program, with a future vehicle line-up comprising a variety of powertrain options – electric, hybrid and fuel cell – to suit customers’ varied lifestyles.
Expanding its lineup to SUVs and large vehicles is a result of the brand’s goal of leading the global popularization of hybrid vehicles which is spurred on by greater global demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles. Building on its proprietary Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) system, It includes the development of 4WD and rear-wheel drive variants.
The company has the current IONIQ model which is an effort in trying to establish its leadership in the electric vehicle market along with the company’s aim to establish a lineup ranging from small EVs to large and luxurious Genesis-brand models.
Multiple phases have been planned for the Electric vehicle development:
- Launch of EV of the Kona compact SUV, that had the range of 390km in first half of 2018
- Launch of Genesis EV model in 2021
- Launch of long-range EV, that has 500 km range after 2021
In order to allow it to produce multiple models with longer driving ranges, Hyundai will also develop its first dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles.
Hyundai will give power to its global leadership in hydrogen fuel cell technology through research and development to boost FCEV performance and durability, while also making the technology smaller and cheaper.
Hyundai began researching fuel cell technology in 1998. The company was the world’s first car company to introduce a mass production line for hydrogen fuel cell cars, has supplied fuel cell vehicles since 2013, and now sells them in 18 countries around the world. Hyundai has proved through many years of research and development that fuel cell vehicles are as competitive as internal combustion engine cars in terms of safety and reliability.
The debut for the hydrogen SUV early next year in Korea, while the official name will be announced in January at the 2018 CES.