First let’s understand what HYDROGEN fuel cell technology means:
Fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen gas to power an electric motor. Unlike conventional vehicles which run on gasoline or diesel, fuel cell vehicles combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, which runs a motor.
About the HYUNDAI NEXT HYDROGEN FUEL CELL SUV 2018
On 17th August, Seoul, Hyundai ripped the sheets off it’s second Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) SUV model which is to be launched globally next year. The name of the model will be revealed in January 2018, at the CES (consumer electronics show) Technology show.
The NEDC statistics say that the SUV that uses fourth generation hydrogen fuel cell technology has the capacity to achieve 800km(497 miles) on a single charge, 594km more than what the first gen model claimed.
The Korean carmaker boasts of a 60 percent efficiency, a 9 percent increase over the predecessor – ix35 Fuel Cell.
The new model can produce maximum output of 120kW, 20 percent more than the ix35.
Normally, hydrogen -powered vehicles have difficulty starting when the temperature is below freezing point. But Hyundai claims that it has improved the FCEV’s cold start capability and can be started easily at -30 degree Celsius.
The new Hyundai model has upgraded its tank storage status. The new model has 3 equally sized tanks, while the ix35 Fuel Cell has 2 different sized tanks.
Advanced driver assistance and safety(ADAS), flush door handles, air tunnel inside the D-pillar ups Hyundai’s aero game. Inside, the center console and dashboard are made hassle free with side by side digital displays.
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology, much like the electric cars, produces zero emissions and only emits water vapour.
Another plus point is that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles take 10 minutes to recharge as opposed to hours that are needed to recharge electric vehicles.
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,” said Lee Ki-sang, Senior Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center.
Hyundai will sell this new SUV in South Korea, just in time for the winter Olympics to be held in Korea in 2018, in February that year.
The only problem with hydrogen fuel cell cars is that there is very little infrastructure to support them. The number of public available charging stations for FCEV are way less as compared to the electric charging stations. Also, the cost of hydrogen cars is quite high in comparison to their electric kind.
Hyundai Motor Group has plans for to roll out 31 new models of low-emission vehicles under the Hyundai and Kia brand by 2020.
It will also uncover a hydrogen powered bus in the fourth quarter of this year. Thus it seems like Fuel Cell technology is going to be a priority for Hyundai.