Hyundai has given us a sneak peek of their new fuel cell vehicle, well in advance of the hydrogen-powered SUV’s official launch early next year. At a preview event in Seoul, the new vehicle showcased its capabilities while revealing its innovative design. The model – which does not have a name yet – is representative of Hyundai’s commitment to developing advanced eco-friendly vehicles.
The new SUV that was on show at the event gave a preview of Hyundai’s second commercially produced hydrogen model which uses the company’s fourth generation fuel cell technology. Enhanced fuel cell performance, reduced hydrogen consumption and the optimisation of key components has given this new SUV an efficiency level of 60%, a 9% increase on its predecessor. Also, the new model targets a driving range of 800km on a single charge.
Performance-wise the new model’s maximum performance is enhanced by 20% compared to its predecessor, boasting an impressive 163PS of power. The new SUV also has cold start capability, conquering the common problem of starting fuel cell vehicles in temperatures below freezing point. This vehicle has the ability to be started at -30 degrees Celsius, by using key components in the fuel stack developed by Hyundai.
The new SUV’s design takes a lot of cues from the FE concept, which was revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai claims that the vehicles clean design emphasises its non-polluting nature and that its free-flowing form is inspired by water which is the car’s only emission.
Hyundai Motor Company have given themselves a renewed goal of introducing 31 eco-friendly models (Hyundai and Kia combined) to global markets by 2020. Beyond that, they plan to have a wider variety of powertrain options – electric, hybrid and fuel cell – along with more SUV’s, Large vehicles and electric vehicles with more range.