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Hyundai reveals new fuel cell SUV with long travel range

ABR Staff Writer Published 17 August 2017

Hyundai Motor has unveiled its next-generation hydrogen-powered SUV claimed to have a driving range of more than 580km on a single charge.

The new fuel cell electric vehicle is to be officially launched in early 2018 and is yet to be named by the South Korean automobile giant.

At a special preview event in Seoul, the new Hyundai hydrogen-powered was revealed along with its futuristic design. Hyundai says that the SUV is almost ready for production and that it reflects its commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle development.

Hyundai Motor Group eco technology center senior vice president Lee Ki-sang said: “With exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance, our next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future.

“Hyundai Motor will take lead in developing and producing green energy vehicles that would ultimately complement a near-zero emission society.”

The new SUV is also the second commercially produced hydrogen model of the Korean manufacturer which uses its fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Hyundai claims that it has vastly improved the efficiency of the new SUV compared to its predecessor ix35 Fuel Cell by boosting fuel cell performance, cutting down on hydrogen consumption, and optimizing important components.

The Korean manufacturer claims to have achieved an efficiency level of 60% for the new SUV which marks an increase of 9% over the ix35. Also, the maximum output of the new model has been enhanced to 163PS which is an increase of 20% over its predecessor.

Hyundai says that the new fuel cell SUV has addressed the issue of cold start capability particularly in freezing temperatures while its highly durable catalyst technology ensures that it has greater longevity than the ix35.

The new SUV will feature three equally-sized tanks besides having advanced driver assistance technologies and extensive hydrogen-powered range as per its manufacturer.

Image: Hyundai’s next generation fuel cell electric vehicle. Photo: courtesy of HYUNDAI MOTOR GROUP.