Hyundai’s fuel cell study fcev ii

Hyundai's fuel cell study fcev ii

Wow. Hyundai’s fe fuel cell concept is a multiple provocation: the fuel cell suv looks better than the toyota mirai. In terms of highway capability, it will rival the battery-electric audi e-tron. And in basic form, the new hyundai is aimed directly at mercedes, where glc f-cell and eq remain in announcement status. The hydrogen car from south korea will launch in 2018, says development manager woong chul yang. And the manufacturer is known for consistently delivering on promises.

What is at stake? Hyundai has become a full-line electric mobility provider. The ioniq is available as a gasoline hybrid, a battery-only car and, in a few weeks, as a plug-in hybrid. The hydrogen-powered ix35 fcev fuel cell suv has also been in production since 2013. More vehicles with this drive system have been sold in europe than all other manufacturers put together, explains woong chul yang, which in absolute terms is probably a figure in the triple digits.

800 kilometer range, three minutes refueling time

Fuel cell vehicles produce the electricity for the electric motor on board. The practical advantage is the short refueling time for hydrogen of about three minutes. After that, the range is similar to that of a car with an internal combustion engine. Hyundai promises 800 kilometers, but does not disclose in which measurement cycle. In our test, the predecessor model achieved 430 to 540 kilometers, depending on driving style.

The increase in range of the new fe fuel concept is presumably the result of different measurements: the weight of the old ix35 fcev of 1830 kg was undercut. Also the aerodynamics (keyword: forehead flatness) has probably made a progress. And the tank of so far 5.6 kg hydrogen could have grown as well. It is a pity that hyundai does not publish a data sheet.

Can the base price be under 60.000 euro print?

There are only a few hints about the fuel cell system: the technology is said to have become 20 percent lighter and efficiency ten percent higher. In addition, the energy density is 30 percent better, so the stack requires less volume per kilowatt of power.

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