Hyundai previews next-gen FCEV, electric Kona confirmed

Welcome to Hyundai’s vision for its future hydrogen fuel cell SUV. Specifically, this FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle) concept previews a production model coming next year.

The SUV was unveiled at a special event at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, and is described as a “near-production-ready” vehicle that will eventually spearhead Hyundai’s plans to accelerate green car development.

Power comes from an evolution of the ix35 Fuel Cell predecessor’s electric motor system. The hydrogen-powered setup produces 20 per cent more power, now at 119kW. Hyundai says the new system overcomes cold-start challenges associated with FCVs in sub-zero temperatures, and uses less hydrogen than its predecessor.

Out on the road the new FCEV concept offers an overall range of over 580km, thanks to three equal-sized hydrogen tanks compared with the previous two different size units. They feature an advanced plastic liner and layering pattern, reducing their overall thickness.

The concept previews one of many eco-friendly cars on the horizon from Hyundai, with 31 new vehicles confirmed to arrive by 2020. This SUV will inspire a yet-to-be-named model which will be shown at the 2018 CES event in January.

In confirming some of its eco-car plans, Hyundai is also aiming to launch an electric version of the upcoming Kona compact SUV, with a range of 390km, in the first half of 2018. An electric luxury car under the Genesis brand is coming in 2021 as well, along with a long-range EV launched after 2021 with 500km of range.