The design and body of Hyundai's second-gen hydrogen fuel-cell powered SUV available to the public has been confirmed, and the model will arrive by the end of the decade, replacing the current Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.
With a production run of 10-15,000 units needed to be commercially viable over its four-year production run - but no official production number confirmed - "as many as possible" of the as-yet unnamed ix35 Fuel Cell successor will make it to the UK, according to Hyundai product PR manager Robin Hayles. Production numbers, however, are strictly dependent on demand, therefore scalable production will be used.
There are currently 250 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars on European roads, including 15 in the UK. A large number of these are owned by companies with a vested interest in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology. The next car will be targeted more towards the public, with a much smaller percentage of sales expected to be from non-private buyers. This suggests a lower price than the £53,105 of the ix35 Fuel Cell, which will be achieved by using a higher proportion of Hyundai parts, rather than those sourced from specialist manufacturers.
Scalable production methods mean that the number quoted for production could grow considerably, depending on demand. The model is also expected to be an SUV similar in size to the ix35, but it will focus on weight reduction over the current car rather than further honing of the powertrain technology.
The ix35's replacement will be the sixth generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that Hyundai has tested, but only the second generation to be commercially available. The replacement for the ix35 will make up part of the Hyundai Group's planned hydrogen fuel cell vehicle offensive.