Next-gen Hyundai hydrogen fuel cells due in 2018

by SpeedLux

The existing Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell was the very first of the newest element of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to go on sale, with the very first U.S. deliveries occurring back in June 2014.

Ever since, Hyundai has actually constructed about 1,000 of the fuel-cell crossovers for global usage, with U.S. sales restricted to specific areas of California.

Now Hyundai is looking towards its next-generation fuel-cell powertrain– and a new design to put it in.

The powertrain is going to launch in 2018, timed to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Hyundai’s home nation of South Korea.

Hyundai prepares to make a huge event out of the Winter Olympics, seeing them as a prospective PR booster, stated Ahn Byung-ki, the Hyundai eco-vehicle development director.

The Pyeonchang Games will provide Hyundai an opportunity to display its fuel-cell technology, just as Toyota aims to do with its own hydrogen-powered automobiles at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Hyundai’s brand-new fuel cells will be smaller and utilize less platinum. They will be coupled with a brand-new electric motor that is both smaller and more effective than the present version, Ahn stated.

He added the powertrain will debut in a totally brand-new vehicle that is someplace between a CUV and an SUV.

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