Hyundai is an early pioneer of offering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to consumers, and the brand intends to take another major step forward by introducing cutting-edge H2 tech in a new model in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The international sporting event means a global audience checking out the company's latest innovation in green driving.
Hyundai is keeping quiet about specifically what new model uses the innovative tech. It’s "somewhere between a CUV and SUV," Ahn Byung-ki, the automaker’s green vehicle director, told Automotive News. The decision continues the company’s decision to create FCEVs out of crossovers like the ix35 (pictured above) in Europe and Tucson in the United States. "We're going to make a big event with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics," he said.
Hyundai’s next-gen fuel cell is smaller than its current unit. The tech is potentially cheaper, too, because less platinum is necessary in the catalyst, according to Automotive News. The company would pair the system with a larger battery and more powerful electric motor, too.
Rumors about Hyundai’s next-gen fuel cell tech hinted that it could allow for 500 miles (804 kilometers) of driving range. In comparison, the current Tucson Fuel Cell in the U.S. has a rating of 265 miles (426.5 kilometers). Meanwhile, Kia also plans to launch its own FCEV model in 2020.
By the end of the decade, hydrogen could be a far more popular fuel. In addition to Hyundai and Kia, Toyota already has its Mirai FCEV available. Honda plans to jump into the segment in the near future, too.
Source: Automotive News