Hyundai hypes new hydrogen technology

Hyundai has unveiled the next generation of its hydrogen fuel cell technology at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. Its futuristic Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell concept car aims to set a standard for […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Hyundai has unveiled the next generation of its hydrogen fuel cell technology at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.

Its futuristic Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell concept car aims to set a standard for the next stage of hydrogen vehicles, a sector the South Korean car manufacturer has already made a significant impact upon.

Hyundai’s ‘ix35’ fuel cell vehicle became the world’s first mass produced hydrogen vehicle in 2013 and is currently sold in 17 countries across the world.

Compared to this model, the concept car is said to be 20% lighter, 10% more efficient and uses a fuel cell with a 30% higher power density, significantly boosting its range to more than 800 kilometres.

It forms the first part of a new wave of 14 or more environmentally focused models from the company to be introduced by 2020.

The new vehicle’s only emission is water, which it uses to humidify the cabin and create a more comfortable space for its passengers.

Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai, said: “Hyundai 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.”

An inquiry into the role of hydrogen gas and fuel cells in the UK energy system has been secured.