Hyundai reveals radical new hydrogen SUV

Marco Green
August 17, 2017

Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups.

This time round, it looks like the new FECV is a standalone SUV/Crossover design with a hint or three of the new Kona in its design (and clearly inspired by the Hyundai FE FCEV concept at Geneva this year), promising improved performance and improved range from Hyundai's fourth generation fuel stack.

"Hyundai will achieve economies of scale for fuel cell cars by 2035 at the earliest", said Lee Hang-koo, a senior research fellow at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade.

Hyundai Motor and its sister company Kia Motors Corp. also announced plans to develop 31 eco-friendly models by 2020, including 10 hybrid electric vehicles, 11 plug-in hybrids, eight electric vehicles and two fuel cell cars. It is likely to be offered at a competitive price as its auto parts sister company Hyundai Mobis has recently completed the industry's only plant with an integrated system capable of producing all major parts for the fuel cell vehicle.

Compared to its predecessor, this new fuel cell SUV boasts an efficiency level of 60%, or a 9% increase from the ix35's 55.3%. The range is similar to the driving ranges of 400 km-540 km for Tesla's Model S and X. Maximum output is up 20% to 119kW and testing has confirmed the new fuel cell SUV can be started at -30 degrees Celsius.

Forget electricity for the moment, Hyundai are prepping an SUV powered by hydrogen and emits nothing but water.

Hyundai also claims to have made significant improvements in tank storage density through three equal-sized hydrogen tanks.

Fuel cell vehicles operate by using a fuel cell (which use oxygen and compressed hydrogen) to power an electric motor.

The electric Genesis will be the high-performance, long-range electric auto to be sought by Hyundai Motor, the executives said.

Hyundai says it is working on the development of a front-engine, rear-drive fuel cell vehicle as well as a 4WD variant.

It aims to "establish a lineup ranging from small [electric vehicles] to large and luxurious Genesis-brand models" rolled out over the next five years. Oh, and there will be a Genesis EV arriving in 2021 too. Turns out it was here for cold weather testing... see the pic below.

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