The South Korean automaker has been an early adopter of the fuel cell powertrain technology, offering currently the only SUV in the world fueled by hydrogen.
With the Mercedes GLC F-Cell scheduled to arrive sometime next year Hyundai won’t be alone in the segment anymore, so it’s only natural the company is already looking towards the next generation of the technology. According to the latest report on the matter, the brand’s next step forward is expected to be a major one. A cutting edge H2 system will be revealed inside an all-new model just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang – with the system being smaller and thus seemingly doubling the range of the current iteration. The international sporting event would be the perfect global audience grabber and a great venue for the company’s latest green model.
Hyundai is so far keeping specific details under wraps, calling it “somewhere between a CUV and SUV,” according to Ahn Byung-ki, the automaker’s green vehicle director. The decision is of course in line with the current model, derived from the ix35 / Tucson compact sport utility vehicle. Hyundai’s new generation fuel cell would also be smaller, and maybe even cheaper if less platinum is used. Additionally, reports are stating the company would use a bigger battery and more powerful electric motor. The current Tucson Fuel Cell has a US mileage rating of 265 miles (426.5 kilometers) – and the new model is expected to go for 500 miles (804 km) in between refills.
Via Automotive News