Pre-production model previews SUV due at CES next year with fourth-generation fuel cell tech; it’s the first of 31 new eco cars

Hyundai will launch a fuel cell electric SUV next year that will be capable of 497 miles in one fill, as previewed by this near-production ready prototype that was shown in Seoul last night.

The yet-to-be-named model uses fourth-generation fuel cell technology and produces 161bhp - 20% better than the ix35 Fuel Cell that the model will replace. Hyundai claims that the new SUV’s drivetrain has an efficiency level of 60% - a 9% increase on its predecessor.

The drivetrain's cold start capabilities are said to be drastically improved, with its minimum operating temperature now down to -30 deg. It is also fed by three tanks, up from two in the ix35, with walls that benefit from new plastic liner patterns so less material can be used. This helps to save weight.

The model, which is due to be officially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January next year, will also showcase the brand’s latest autonomous technology.

Its design language is based on that of the FE Concept from this year’s Geneva motor show, with slim headlights and a cleanly designed dashboard.

The fuel cell car is the first of 31 new low emission models due from Hyundai and sister brand Kia between now and 2020. As reported by Autocar earlier this year, the next confirmed model will be an electric version of Hyundai's Kona in the first half of 2018.

Luxury arm Genesis will then launch its own electric vehicle in 2021. Another EV with a range of more than 310 miles will arrive after that from one of the brands.

Hyundai was the first car maker in the world to launch a new model with three electrified powertrains when the Ioniq arrived this year. It comes in hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid forms.

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17 August 2017

That inside is quite possibly the worst interior ever let alone on a car costing £60,000'ish

3 tanks and a battery, if you keep adding tanks of course the range will go up, as will the price. But it'll still only do around 22mpg like the lighter ix35, will still take around 12.5 seconds to get 60 and you'll end up with less room.

Mirrai, Clarity and this car they're all big and there's a reason for that, you can't scale it down to a Zoe/Leaf size car, 2/3 tanks and battery just won't fit unles you want to end up with a 3 seater.

What they should be doing is having a plug-in version with a bigger battery, one tank and electric range of 150 miles, it's Hydrogen's only VERY small chance of survival.

I just remember where I've seen that dash before, Rover SDI!

 

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12 September 2017
xxxx wrote:

That inside is quite possibly the worst interior ever let alone on a car costing £60,000'ish

3 tanks and a battery, if you keep adding tanks of course the range will go up, as will the price. But it'll still only do around 22mpg like the lighter ix35, will still take around 12.5 seconds to get 60 and you'll end up with less room.

Mirrai, Clarity and this car they're all big and there's a reason for that, you can't scale it down to a Zoe/Leaf size car, 2/3 tanks and battery just won't fit unles you want to end up with a 3 seater.

What they should be doing is having a plug-in version with a bigger battery, one tank and electric range of 150 miles, it's Hydrogen's only VERY small chance of survival.

I just remember where I've seen that dash before, Rover SDI!

 

You start from a position of stupidity and then descend into ridiculousness, as per usual.  Alright it's a jeep and therefore crap for anything but driving up mountains, but the principle of filling tanks with hydrogen instead of petrol is something with potential to be worked on to see what can be done with it if applied to cars.  Stopping at a station, refilling and being on you way in a few minutes is a feasible option, unlike tethering a car to the electric mains for a week at which point it's able to get down to the end of the street if luck is on the driver's side.  Even then, to match the freedom offered by petrol hydrogen would need to be able to be carried in a drum in the boot and used to refill as easily in the middle of nowhere as at the station to gain an extra couple of hundred miles of range.  Electric cars are going nowhere.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

17 August 2017

The external styling is a nice evolution of the current Hyundai design language and I like the simplicity of the interior, though the centre console looks very busy and needs something other than painted sliver plastic. Not yet convinced on the drivetrain, need more information on it.

17 August 2017

Where do you get those figures from? Other press reports say "will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups"????

17 August 2017

1) The SUV is a hydrogen vehicle not electric

2) It doesn't have anywhere near a 497mile range

3) There is only one fuel cell vehicle due by the the end of the decade (not 31 as quoted). There are 3 additional electric vehicles to be added before 2020. 

So many mistakes is this article, lazy journalism. 

17 August 2017
Auto expert LS1 wrote:

3) There is only one fuel cell vehicle due by the the end of the decade (not 31 as quoted). There are 3 additional electric vehicles to be added before 2020. 

So many mistakes is this article, lazy journalism. 

THe article refers to 31 low emission vehicles. It does not say that they are fuel cell powered.


17 August 2017

Credit where it's due; it looks like they tried really hard to make it as fugly as they could.  Well, well done, succeeded.  Are the Koreans going down the Japanese styling route?  Jeez!

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