Hyundai Motor Company unveiled its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Seoul on August 17. According to the company’s announcement, the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) has a fuel cell system efficiency of 60% whereas that of its previous hydrogen FCEV based on the Tucson is 55.3% and the former can cover a distance of 580 km with a full tank whereas that of the latter is limited to 415 km. It added that the new hydrogen FCEV has a maximum output of 163 horsepower, approximately 120% of the Tucson FCEV’s.
The automaker said that it developed the hydrogen fuel cell system for the vehicle on its own, raising the ratio of domestically developed hydrogen car parts to 98%. It went on to say that it provides a guarantee of 10 years or 160,000 km on the durability of the fuel cell.
Hyundai Motor Company began to work on hydrogen vehicles in 1998 and began to manufacture its first hydrogen vehicle Tucson ix in 2013. However, it failed to gain popularity due to its high price and the lack of charging stations. Meanwhile, Toyota and Honda began to lead the hydrogen vehicle industry with the Japanese government’s backing. In March 2014, Toyota released the Mirai, the first sedan in the industry capable of covering a distance of up to 502 km. The Japanese government helped increase the number of charging stations by approximately 100. In March last year, Honda started the mass production of the Clarity, which is capable of covering 589 km with a full tank.
The Hyundai Motor Group announced on August 17 that it would release 10 hybrid cars, 11 plug-in hybrid cars, eight electric vehicles and two hydrogen electric vehicles by 2020. Then, the number of its green car models increases from 14 to 31 in three years. The group is aiming to become the second-largest green car seller in the world in doing so.