Hyundai has recently unveiled an unnamed pre-production model of its new fuel cell SUV. We don’t know what to call this model just yet, but sources say that this model will make its official release next year.
Unusually, the Korean firm already confirmed that this model is “near production ready” even though they have not given it a name yet. The hydrogen SUV is said to be nine percent more efficient and have as much as twenty percent more power than the ix35. But the improvements don’t end there as the Korean automaker plans to give it an official range of 500 miles (805 kilometers).
The SUV will be equipped with three tanks of the same size that store hydrogen before the fuel cell converts it to electricity to power the car.
What makes this model different from the ix35 is the fact that it is a bespoke model that has been especially made from nose to rear as a fuel cell vehicle. It gets some inspiration from the FE concept that we saw earlier this year at Geneva. But more than that, the design also comes from a natural element that is water. This is because it is a byproduct of the fuel cell’s chemical reaction.
Lee Ki-sang, senior vice president of Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center, said that this model is definitely the epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future, with its fuel efficiency, combined with the styling elements and the vehicle’s performance. Lee added that they might even lead in the development as well as the production of eco-friendly vehicles that would be ideal for a near-zero emission society.
Hyundai and Kia both plan to unveil a total of 31 eco-friendly models around the world by 2020. And these earth friendly models will range from electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. They plan to come up with that many models as part of a strategy to penetrate different markets with their varying lifestyles.
After the launch of the Ioniq, which is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric variants to rival the Toyota Prius, Hyundai already has plans of launching the electrified Kona crossover next year. The Kona, as we know, will have a range of about 240 miles (386 kilometers).
Other models that are in line for a release include a Genesis electric vehicle that is scheduled for a 2021 release. There’s also a long range EV with over 300 miles planned for 2021.
More details will be released as the official launch of Hyundai’s unnamed fuel cell SUV approaches.