The Hyundai ix35 / Tucson Fuel Cell went into production nearly three years ago and the company has announced plans to introduce a successor sometime next year. In an interview with Autocar, Hyundai Motor UK Product PR Manager Robin Hayles confirmed the company is working on a new fuel cell vehicle. Hayles was coy on specifics but the magazine is reporting the model will be aimed at consumers and will likely be more affordable than the ix35 / Tucson Fuel Cell. The model is expected to be a crossover that is about the same size as the outgoing FCV. However, the new model is rumored to be significantly lighter than its predecessor.

The Hyundai ix35 / Tucson Fuel Cell went into production nearly three years ago and the company has announced plans to introduce a successor sometime next year.

In an interview with Autocar, Hyundai Motor UK Product PR Manager Robin Hayles confirmed the company is working on a new fuel cell vehicle.  Hayles was coy on specifics but the magazine is reporting the model will be aimed at consumers and will likely be more affordable than the ix35 / Tucson Fuel Cell.

The model is expected to be a crossover that is about the same size as the outgoing FCV.  However, the new model is rumored to be significantly lighter than its predecessor.

Details will be announced closer to launch but Hayles confirmed the new FCV will have more options than the ix35 / Tucson Fuel Cell and will also be available in a right-hand drive configuration.  The model is expected to remain in production for at least four years and company is reportedly planning to build between 10,000 and 15,000 units.

As a refresher, the ix35 Fuel Cell was primarily targeted at governments and private fleets.  It features a fuel cell stack that converts hydrogen into electricity which powers an electric motor. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 12.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 99 mph.

Source: Autocar

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