Monday, 27 March, 2017

Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept unveiled at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept looks to the future at Geneva 2017 Hyundai FE Fuel Cell concept Autonomous Ioniq concept
Cecilia Poole | 10 March, 2017, 00:15

Additionally, Hyundai boosted the power density of the fuel cell by 30 percent.

The production version of this Hyundai fuel-cell crossover utility vehicle is expected to become available during 2018 in a handful of markets.

They included the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, Hyundai's first commercialized fuel cell vehicle now sold in 17 countries, according to the company.

The design, Hyundai says, is "flowing" and "inspired by nature and water".

According to Woong Chul Yang, vice-chairman at Hyundai, "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". The "FE" name stands for "Future Eco".

Following Honda's lead with the FC Clairty and Toyota with the Mirai, Hyundai intends to create a dedicated fuel cell model, rather than the ix35-based model it now offers today. Range is usually on top of the list for most eco vehicle buyers and with the current competitors including the Mirai doing 312 miles and the Clarity Fuel Cell producing 365 miles, the FE on range alone should win some followers.

Inside, the auto features an integrated air humidifier that Hyundai says recycles the water emitted by the vehicle into the cabin. The vehicle will also be fitted with "Hyundai Smart Sense" driver assistance and a storage and charging space in the trunk for electric scooters. There's great potential considering how popular compact cars are there in Europe and how much room for growth Hyundai has for an alternative fuel infrastructure there.

Hyundai is taking the further steps towards its support of hydrogen fuel cells when it made a decision to put forward a new hydrogen-powered CUV or SUV to replace the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. In another useful twist, the Hyundai has portable battery packs that are charged by the FE Concept's energy output and can taken with you to power your personal devices.

The FE Fuel Cell Concept also has an innovative humidifier system that uses the pure water emissions of the fuel cell stack to humidify the cabin's air to make it more comfortable for the passengers. There are plans for more hydrogen refuelling stations by 2020, with journeys from Los Angeles to San Francisco now very attainable.

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