It appears the future is indeed green, as even commercial divisions are increasingly turning their attention towards alternative power modes – such as Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered H350 Fuel Cell Concept van.
The South Korean automaker hasn’t forgotten its pledge to support fuel cell development and pits a concept that goes against the likes of VW’s e-Crafter concept, the Mercedes Vision Van or Urban eTruck Concept, which all deploy electric powertrains assisted by batteries. Hyundai’s alternative has 136 horsepower (101 kilowatts) and most importantly a range of 262 miles (422 kilometers) on a single tank. That one has 46 gallons (175 liters) of hydrogen and has been tucked underneath the load bay floor, between the two axles. The fuel cell stack then provides electricity to a 24 kW lithium-polymer battery pack which feeds the 100 kW electric motor. The driver should then get 221 pound-feet (300 Newton meters) of torque at the rear wheels with a maximum speed more than adequate for deliveries – 93 miles-per-hour (150 kilometers-per-hour).
The fuel cell assembly doesn’t take up any of the load space, so the model comes in two dimensions – short with a cargo volume of 370.8 cubic feet (10.5 cubic meters), and long with a volume of 455.5 cu ft (12.9 cu m). And there’s even a 14-seat passenger van version. The regular internal combustion-powered H350 was first introduced two years ago as a rival to the popular Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter, and by the looks of it the H350 FCC could actually make it into production in the near future – Hyundai already has the first fuel cell SUV, the Tucson/iX35 FCEV.