Hyundai has disclosed plans to launch in the years to come a brand new hydrogen vehicle.
The ix35 Fuel Cell was labeled by Hyundai as being the first mass-produced hydrogen vehicle in the world and now the company is getting ready for a follow-up. It obviously won’t be based on the conventionally-powered ix35 since that model is not available anymore as it was replaced a while back by the Tucson. Hyundai has confirmed a dedicated hydrogen vehicle is on the agenda, but didn’t actually provide details about the body style although it will likely be a crossover.
Whatever it will be, Sae-Hoon Kim, Hyundai-Kia’s head of hydrogen fuel cell research, suggested a maximum range of 500 miles (804 kilometers) and a 110 miles per hour top speed are realistic targets. These two figures would represent significant improvements over the ix35 Fuel Cell which can cover 369 miles (594 km) and do 100 mph (160 kph).
Hyundai isn’t saying exactly when the new model will go on sale, but it will likely be around the end of the decade as Kia has confirmed a fuel-cell vehicle is due in 2020. That one has a targeted range of more than 497 miles (800 km) and a 105 mph (170 kph) top speed. It’s being developed with no less than 300 different partners and Kia promises it will be a “high quality with levels of innovation.”
Note: Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell pictured.