Hyundai next-gen hydrogen fuel cell vehicle revealed

Hyundai next-gen hydrogen fuel cell vehicle revealed

Hyundai has pulled the covers off its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in Seoul today – the SUV, set to go on sale early next year, is part of the South Korean conglomerate’s plan to boost the number of eco-friendly vehicles in its stable from 14 to 31 by the year 2020.

The new powertrain features significant improvements over the one in the Tucson FCEV in terms of efficiency, performance, durability and storage of core hydrogen fuel cell systems. Firstly, system efficiency is now up to 60% thanks to the improved performance and hydrogen utilization rate of the fuel cell, as well as the optimisation of components. As such, Hyundai targets a range of 580 km with this car.

Meanwhile, variable pressure control technology allows for a maximum power output of 163 PS, 20% higher than before. A membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and metal separator technology, key components of a hydrogen electrocatalyst fuel cell system, have also been included, while an FCEV-optimised production system that incorporates core components has increased the localisation of the technology, reducing cost.

Cold starts is another issue with FCEVs that Hyundai has sought to tackle, with the new model being able to start at minus 30 degrees Celsius. The company has also managed to achieve the world’s highest hydrogen storage density by optimising the hydrogen tank , and claims that its fuel cell will be able to last 160,000 km over the course of 10 years, the equivalent of a regular internal combustion engine.

Hyundai next-gen hydrogen fuel cell vehicle revealed

The design of the new FCEV is certainly distinctive, with bi-level headlights similar to the Kona B-segment SUV. The upper LED daytime running lights, are joined together by a chrome bar and is said to be inspired by the horizon. This signifies the present and the future, symbolising the company’s hydrogen technology. Front and centre is the signature Cascading Grille.

Along the sides, airflow passes through an air curtain in the front bumper and flows towards the rear of the car, over the two-piece aerodynamic alloy wheels. Flush-mounted door handles and an air tunnel in the D-pillars also contribute to aerodynamic efficiency, while a cut in the D-pillars gives the SUV a floating roof look.

Inside, there’s a horizontal dashboard layout and a high centre console that is said to maximise space and ensure a “unique sense of boarding.” A flat panel with large twin displays, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment system, has also been fitted, reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class.

Aside from the new hydrogen vehicle, Hyundai also plans to launch 10 hybrid vehicles, 11 plug-in hybrids and eight electric vehicles, including mid- and full-size hybrid SUVs, a Kona-based EV with a 390 km range and a dedicated EV capable of travelling over 500 km on a single charge. A Genesis-branded EV will also be unveiled in 2021.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • thepolygonal on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Petrol giants will support hydrogen because they will convert their fuel delivery infrastructure to hydrogen delivery and thus keep a hold on consumers like how petrol did. EV is actually their greatest nightmare. I suspect in the near future there will be plenty of Hydrogen vs EV wars where Hydrogen cars will have a higher chance of winning by subsidized price and research by petroleum giants. Look at this, it’s already 580 km range! It’s like Betacax vs VHS, Laser Disk vs DVD, BlueRay VS HD-DVD…

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    • Petrol come from petroleum, by drilling deep into the earth (or oil shale). By contrast, Hydrogen can be produced from water. Your comparison is not right

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      • thepolygonal on Aug 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        I am talking about delivery from production plant to petrol stations to customer’s vehicle… not the process of extracting the hydrogen / petroleum :D

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      • Albert Yong on Aug 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

        Amazing, Hyundai is only 10 years younger than Proton and they are already researching on Hydrogen cars!

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  • zamer on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    isn’t that a Lexus dashboard?

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  • Mohammad Hafiz Abdul Rahim on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    anyone knows how fueling a fuel cell works? is it as simple going to petrol station & fill up with hydogen (liquid?) in 5mins then go?

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    • It’s like NGV

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Aug 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Yes, but the nozzle that plugs into the car is different as high pressure hydrogen will be pumped in.

      See YouTube 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell reviews. Currently this Clarity Fuel Cell only available in California.

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  • Leafable on Aug 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Was it only me think the interior look a bit like Lexus?

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    • Jonn Dol on Aug 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      The graphics display looks up-to-date, but the dashboard design; the switches, aircon vents etc. looks old fashioned , very early 2000s….

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  • Thats one fine looking hyundai

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Aug 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Check out 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. Max range 360 Miles (579 KM).

    This fuel cell will be the future.

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  • gonggok on Aug 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Don’t be surprised in it also comes in an all battery model like the Honda clarity.

    Fuel cell cars are electric cars. So all battery car will be Battery to electric motor instead of hydrogen tank to fuel cell to electric motor.

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  • Petoron Sagu on Aug 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    The problem is here 160,000km will be achieved in 3-4 years only. How much is the replacement cost of the cells? Kalau mahal cmne?

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