The Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept has been has unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, a vehicle that generates its own electricity and offers a 500 mile driving range.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept represents the next step for Hyundai towards realising its ultimate ambition of creating a zero-emission Hydrogen Energy Society.
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 commercialisation of fuel cell cars as an alternative to fossil fuel vehicles. This follows two decades at the forefront of hydrogen vehicle development, most recently with the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson Fuel Cell in some markets), which in 2013 became the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, and is currently on sale in 17 countries around the world.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept (‘FE’ stands for Future Eco) continues Hyundai’s commitment to fuel cell vehicle development and is part of the company’s eco-vehicle programme that will see 14 or more new environmentally-focused models introduced by 2020. Spurred on by greater global demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, the programme continues the example of innovation set by IONIQ, the first car to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains in a single body type.
The FE Concept showcases Hyundai Motor’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology, an evolution of research, development and real-world evaluation programmes around the world. When compared with the current generation system used in the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the new technology is 20% lighter, and achieves 10% greater efficiency. In addition, the power density of the fuel cell stack is increased by 30%, boosting the car’s range significantly.
The concept has an internal air humidifier, which recycles water emitted by the car’s clean hydrogen energy circulation to create a more comfortable cabin environment. It also features portable battery packs – charged by the car’s energy output – to power passenger devices, and the boot features an integrated storage and charging space for an electric scooter.
The car is designed to run for more than 500 miles between refuelling, acknowledging the current limited hydrogen infrastructure. Elements of the FE Fuel Cell Concept will influence an SUV Fuel Cell model set for launch in 2018.
Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company, said: “Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry’s environmental progress. Our FE Fuel Cell Concept is an important evolution of our pioneering hydrogen leadership, and moves us closer to our vision for a ‘Hydrogen Society’, where transportation is clean, efficient and enhances the lives of our customers.”