Hyundai FE Fuel Cell hydrogen powered SUV has been previewed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai has been hinting on a replacement for the Tucson Fuel Cell SUV for a while now, but until now, no details were revealed. At the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has previewed the “Future Eco” (FE) Fuel Cell concept SUV which will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
Hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles have an emission of only water from the tail pipes. However, the storage and extraction of hydrogen is a herculean task which some car manufacturers are managing to cope with.
The Hyundai FE Fuel Cell concept is designed to be an SUV which has a sturdy stature and gets large wheels. The car’s body work has also been styled to aerodynamically to make the vehicle more efficient.
The interior passenger cabin of the concept has an air-humidifier which recycles the water emitted for the powertrain in the cabin’s atmosphere. The concept car also has portable battery packs, and the in the boot of the vehicle is a feature to store and charge electric scooter for the last mile connectivity.
The new FE technology is a step up from the outgoing Tucson Fuel Cell. The new car is lighter and more efficient and has a fuel cell stack which can store and supply 30% more energy which allows for better drivable range.
A production model inspired by this concept will be unveiled and launched early 2018. However, infrastructure for hydrogen powered cars ate limited to certain regions of the world like Japan and California in the United States. There fore, this car will be launched only in such regions which can support the technology.