Back during the early of part of the year, Hyundai Motor Company became part of the Hydrogen Council which was officially launched during the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum. The goal of this group is to develop and commercialize cars that use fuel cells rather than fossil fuels.
For those who have long followed developments at Hyundai, this is not a surprise as the brand has been leading the pack in developing hydrogen vehicles for 20 years now. Back in 2013 for example, it released the ix35 Fuel Cell, also known in some markets as the Tucson Fuel Cell. It became the first ever hydrogen-powered car in the world to be mass produced. In fact, it is still on sale in 17 countries worldwide.
With this in mind, Hyundai unveiled during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its latest offering in the field of hydrogen powered vehicles. Dubbed as the FE Fuel Cell Concept, the “FE” refers to “Future Eco” which reveals the pioneering technologies that match the environment-friendliness of this model. One of its main features is the internal air humidifier. This part recycles the water that is emitted by this model in order to have a cabin environment that offers more comfort.
The concept car highlights the fourth generation of the brand’s hydrogen fuel cell technology. This is a result of development and research conducted plus the use of real-world evaluation programs. Compared to the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the one in the FE is lighter by 20% and more efficient by 10%. Further since the fuel cell stack’s power density has been improved by 30%, this meant that the total range is increased significantly.
The FE Concept showcases Hyundai Motor’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology, an evolution of research, development and real-world evaluation programs around the world. When compared with the current generation system used in the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the new technology is 20% lighter, and achieves 10% greater efficiency. In addition, the power density of the fuel cell stack is increased by 30%, boosting the car’s range significantly.
In terms of design, the concept car has a flowing form that is clearly inspired by water, which is the only emission you expect from this model. The overall design is both calm and clear in order to highlight how eco-friendly it is. In creating the FE, the principle is that form follows function while showing a minimalist style. To emphasize this particular style, the FE Concept has a dynamic air foil in the rear with vents integrated to it in order to improve aerodynamic efficiency.
Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman Woong Chul Yang revealed that the brand has long had the tradition of creating fuel-efficient and innovative vehicle in order to push forward the environmental evolution of the auto industry. Through the FE Concept, he added, the brand hopes to be that much closer to its dream of a “Hydrogen Society,” a time where transportation is not only efficient and clean but also improves the lives of people.