Hyundai Reveals i30 Wagon, FE Concept SUV, & Plan to Dominate Europe
THE Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept has revealed the Korean carmaker's potential replacement for the hydrogen-powered ix35 SUV that has pioneered the consumer-facing side of the technology. In a statement, Hyundai said: "The FE Fuel Cell Concept represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realizing its ultimate ambition of creating a zero-emission Hydrogen Energy Society". The bold looking SUV concept builds on the technology that now underpins the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson Fuel Cell in certain markets) with much improved hardware that is not only lighter but more fuel efficient as well. In addition, the power density of the fuel cell stack is increased by 30%, boosting the car's range significantly.
While the FE Fuel Cell Concept is likely to remain just that, the Hyundai SUV Fuel Cell is expected to be the most expensive model in Hyundai's range when it arrives in 2018.
Hyundai Australia fuel cell program leader Scott Nargar previously told Wheels the company's work with its Japanese rival was critical to getting widespread recognition for hydrogen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress. However, its sales have been very light so far.
Sales of crossovers and SUVs are surging, in the USA and other markets too, positioning this hydrogen vehicle in a growing market. Yes, that's nearly twice the range of a Tucson Fuel Cell. Hyundai has quite a challenge ahead.
The South Korean manufacturer of the vehicle introduced the new Hyundai i30 Wagon at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 7, 2017, ahead of its global launch scheduled for the second half of the year. Range is usually on top of the list for most eco vehicle buyers and with the current competitors including the Mirai doing 312 miles and the Clarity Fuel Cell producing 365 miles, the FE on range alone should win some followers. The FE Concept is equipped with more advanced technology than previous models, which may help Hyundai better demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cell vehicles and draw yet more attention to hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used in transportation.
Hyundai is also showcasing the Ioniq line-up at the Geneva Motor Show with the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid taking center stage.