Hyundai has unveiled the FE Fuel Cell Concept on its Geneva Motor Show stand and confirmed that it'll launch a hydrogen fuel-cell SUV in 2018.
"The new technologies used in the concept vehicle will also be used in new fuel cell cars now being developed for launch early next year", it added.
In early 2017 at the Davos World Economic Forum, Hyundai Motor Company joined the launch of the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative to promote the development and commercialization of fuel cell cars as an alternative to fossil fuel vehicles.
Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress.
While the ix35 Fuel Cell can boast being the world's first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle and is now on sale in 17 countries, the technology fitted in the FE Fuel Cell Concept is said to be 20% lighter and 10% more efficient. Jokes aside, we like the look, and could easily see the handsome style inspiring future products from the Korean company, perhaps even a successor to the Tucson Fuel Cell.
Speaking of the concept, it's a step more advanced than the current Tucson Fuel Cell, which was introduced back in 2015. Hyundai says the clean design language emphasises on the car's non-polluting nature and comes with a minimalist approach on the outside and inside. While the new fuel cell vehicle concept appears to be impressive, Hyundai will have to find a way to make fuel cells in general appeal to consumers interested in clean transportation.
There is little news at the moment from the company about any type of widespread hydrogen refuelling system both home and overseas, so it is likely that the first vehicles will be on offer in North America, particularly California. Additionally, Hyundai boosted the power density of the fuel cell by 30 percent.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept is 20 percent lighter than the ix35-based fuel cell vehicle, and achieves 10 percent greater efficiency.
The concept auto includes an internal air humidifier that recycles water emitted by the car's fuel cell - it combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity used to power the electric motor, and water - creating a more comfortable cabin environment. The portable battery packs for powering passenger devices is also one of the highlights of the vehicle.
A production SUV using elements of this concept will launch next year with "Hyundai Smart Sense" driver assist technologies now being tested.