The Hyundai Tucson was the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle offered by the company, with competitors like Toyota coming back with the 2016 Mirai, so it's about time the Korean automaker brought another hydrogen powered vehicle to the market.
True to its words, Hyundai gave a sneak peek into the Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell Concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
While the ix35 Fuel Cell can boast being the world's first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle and is now on sale in 17 countries, the technology fitted in the FE Fuel Cell Concept is said to be 20% lighter and 10% more efficient. Range anxiety should be a thing of the past in this installment, because Hyundai claims a range of more than 497 miles (800 kilometers) on hydrogen.
In early 2017 at the Davos World Economic Forum, Hyundai Motor Company joined the launch of the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative to promote the development and commercialization of fuel cell cars as an alternative to fossil fuel vehicles. These 14 cars will be electric, hybrid gas-electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell powered, like this concept.
Another tech innovation that Hyundai announced will go into the FE will be its internal air humidifier. Yes, that's nearly twice the range of a Tucson Fuel Cell.
As another reinforcement of the car's eco-credentials and focus on customer convenience, the FE Concept features portable battery packs - charged by the car's energy output - to power passenger devices.
With radical flowing lines said to take their inspiration from nature and water - the only substance emitting from its tailpipe - the concept is a radical departure from the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and not only in its looks.
The FE Concept features a new hydrogen fuel cell design that weighs 20% less than other systems developed by Hyundai. 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.
While Hyundai said little in Geneva about the challenges of developing a workable, widespread hydrogen fueling infrastructure, the production version will likely be offered State-side only in the state of California to start with. It will form the basis of 10 such low emission vehicles, which are planned to be launched by 2020.