While it’s yet to make a mark in the electric vehicle segment, Hyundai has had an early start with hydrogen fuel cell technology. Having developed the world’s first commercially produced fuel cell vehicle back in 2013, the South Korean carmaker is sort of a veteran in this field. That model, the Tucson Fuel Cell, is still going strong in markets like the US.
Now, Hyundai has offered a glimpse of its next fuel cell vehicle, a hydrogen-powered SUV set to be officially launched early next year. Previewed in Seoul, the yet-to-be-named model is claimed to have superior fuel cell system efficiency, performance, durability, and tank storage density. Boasting a 9 per cent increase in efficiency over the Tuscon version, the new model aims to achieve a driving range of 800km on a single charge based on New European Driving Cycle standards.
Maximum output has also been upped by 20 per cent compared to its predecessor, with the new model producing 163 horsepower. Hyundai says the car’s cold start capability has also been improved allowing it to be started at -30 degrees Celsius.
“With exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance, our next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future,” says Lee Ki-sang, senior vice president of Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center. “Hyundai Motor will take lead in developing and producing green energy vehicles that would ultimately complement a near-zero emission society,” he adds.
Hyundai says the new SUV will also feature a wide range of advanced driver assistance technologies when it is revealed early next year in Korea, followed by the North American and European markets.