Hyundai’s made a hydrogen fuel cell car that actually looks like a car
Need to shout your eco-cred from the rooftops? Look elsewhere, sonny
The SUV you see above is Hyundai’s as-yet unnamed hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, revealed here ahead of its official premiere next year.
It’s “near-production” ready, mind, and in case we’ve not already made it clear, Hyundai’s made it look like a regular car. The styling follows the company’s FE concept which we saw at Geneva earlier this year.
As it stands, the fuel cell SUV will manage almost 800 kilometres on a single tank, or charge, or whatever nomenclature we’ll use if this becomes commonly used technology, and will have 160bhp on tap – a performance boost of 20 per cent compared to its predecessor, the iX35 Fuel Cell.
Hyundai’s made sure that it’ll work in -30ºC weather, too, and fitted things that’ll help bring down overall production costs. It’s as if they brainstormed all the usual objections to fuel cell tech and then went about solving them. If this sounds like praise, that’s because it is – we’re all for someone being clever enough to come up with new ideas and brave enough to see them through.
It promises, for example, that the “highly durable catalyst technology” gives it more longevity than that iX35 FC. The unnamed SUV gets a three-tank setup, all equally sized, with things like a plastic liner and layering pattern to reduce thickness and improve the storage mass per tank weight.
There’s more, too – the new SUV will get loads of driver assistance tech, which Hyundai will fully disclose at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
It forms part of Hyundai’s bigger plan to develop 21 eco-friendly models across both it and Kia by 2020, across a range of powertrains: electric, hybrid and fuel cell. There’s the EV Kona due in 2018, for example, an all-electric Genesis in 2021, and a full long-range EV car with a range of 500km after 2021.
Reckon this SUV is interesting enough to get you excited about hydrogen cars?