Hyundai is showing off a preview of its next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle SUV concept.
It’s Hyundai’s fourth-generation FCEV and is based on the automaker’s original fuel-cell technology introduced in 2013. We’ll have to wait for its official launch early next year to find out a model name.
The near-production-ready concept looks like a standard Hyundai SUV. It does show a focus on aerodynamics including flush door handles. Inside, two huge touch screens make up the infotainment system and cockpit. The design is exaggerated and will likely get toned down for the production model.
The concept will replace the current 265-range Tucson Fuel Cell. Instead of having two tanks, like the Tuscon, it will have three equal size ones that connect to battery packs. They’ll have plastic liners that use a special layering technique to make their walls as thin, yet still durable, as possible. So the tanks are smaller and won’t weigh as much. The payoff is an increase in efficiency to 60-percent, which is a 9-percent boost when comparing it to the Tucson.
The concept also comes with a nearly 30 bump in horsepower to 160. Right now, Hyundai says Korean testing standards give it about a 360-mile range. In the states that number will likely be closer to 280 miles.
Hyundai Motor Company plans to introduce 31 new eco-friendly model globally by 2020 across its Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis lineup. That includes the new compact Kona SUV due out in 2017, along with a Genesis EV model in 2021.