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Hyundai drops next-gen fuel cell concept in Geneva

Hyundai drops next-gen fuel ce...
The FE Fuel Cell Concept shown in Geneva is meant to showcase the next-generation of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles coming from Hyundai
The FE Fuel Cell Concept shown in Geneva is meant to showcase the next-generation of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles coming from Hyundai
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Some advanced engineering goes into the hydrogen storage tanks being used in Hyundai's fuel cell vehicles
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Some advanced engineering goes into the hydrogen storage tanks being used in Hyundai's fuel cell vehicles
This new generation fuel cell is 20 percent lighter and 10 percent more efficient than the current-generation cells used in the Tucson ix35
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This new generation fuel cell is 20 percent lighter and 10 percent more efficient than the current-generation cells used in the Tucson ix35
The new FE Fuel Cell Concept is designed to travel over 800 km (500 mi) between fill-ups
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The new FE Fuel Cell Concept is designed to travel over 800 km (500 mi) between fill-ups
The interior of the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept is as futuristic as its powertrain
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The interior of the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept is as futuristic as its powertrain
A hallmark of any concept car are doors that open in weird ways, including these suicide doors on the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept
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A hallmark of any concept car are doors that open in weird ways, including these suicide doors on the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept
Hyundai is also perfecting some next-generation driver assist technologies that are promised for a 2018 release
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Hyundai is also perfecting some next-generation driver assist technologies that are promised for a 2018 release
The FE Fuel Cell Concept has an innovative humidifier system that uses the pure water emissions of the fuel cell stack to humidify the cabin’s air to make it more comfortable for the passengers
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The FE Fuel Cell Concept has an innovative humidifier system that uses the pure water emissions of the fuel cell stack to humidify the cabin’s air to make it more comfortable for the passengers
The concept has portable battery packs on board that can be charged by the car and used to power devices in the car or on the go
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The concept has portable battery packs on board that can be charged by the car and used to power devices in the car or on the go
A display above the shifter shows the powertrain's operation and status
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A display above the shifter shows the powertrain's operation and status
The FE Fuel Cell Concept shown in Geneva is meant to showcase the next-generation of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles coming from Hyundai
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The FE Fuel Cell Concept shown in Geneva is meant to showcase the next-generation of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles coming from Hyundai
The FE name is “Future Eco” and the car contains the fourth-generation of Hyundai’s fuel cell technology
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The FE name is “Future Eco” and the car contains the fourth-generation of Hyundai’s fuel cell technology
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Hyundai Motor has unveiled the FE Fuel Cell Concept at the Geneva Motor Show as its next-generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai says that the FE Fuel Cell Concept is the next step towards its zero emission Hydrogen Energy Society goal.

Hyundai was the first global manufacturer to market a production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and is a founding member of the Hydrogen Council, designed to promote fuel cell car development as an alternative to fossil fuel vehicles. The current ix35 Fuel Cell (also called the Tucson Fuel Cell) vehicle entered the market in 2013 as a mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle. It is available in 17 countries globally.

Hyundai will be introducing 14 or more eco-vehicle models by 2020, starting with the IONIQ line shown in Geneva last year. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCV) could be a part of that rollout.

"Our FE Fuel Cell Concept is an important evolution of our pioneering hydrogen leadership, and moves us closer to our vision for a 'Hydrogen Society,' where transportation is clean, efficient and enhances the lives of our customers," said the company's vice chairman, Woong Chul Yang.

The FE name is "Future Eco" and the car contains the fourth-generation of Hyundai's fuel cell technology. This new generation fuel cell is reported 20 percent lighter and 10 percent more efficient than the current-generation cells used in the Tucson ix35. This also means a 30 percent higher power density in each cell, which boosts range.

The interior of the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept is as futuristic as its powertrain
The interior of the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept is as futuristic as its powertrain

The FE Fuel Cell Concept also has an innovative humidifier system that uses the pure water emissions of the fuel cell stack to humidify the cabin's air to make it more comfortable for the passengers. This is a unique use of the only emissions an HFCV has.

The concept also has portable battery packs on board that can be charged by the car and used to power devices in the car or on the go. An integrated storage and charging space for an electric scooter is located in the trunk for "last mile" transportation.

The new FE Fuel Cell Concept is designed to travel over 800 km (500 mi) between fill-ups, helping speed the car's adoption as hydrogen refueling infrastructure increases. Hyundai says that the FE Fuel Cell Concept is a glimpse at the upcoming SUV Fuel Cell model launching in 2018.

Source: Hyundai

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2 comments
ChrisVaughn
Sweet! I really think fuel cell vehicles will be the future of the auto. While putting in the fueling stations is the sticking point, it was the same for the gasoline powered ones when first started out. Once that is done you have now a car with no pollution and similar range and power to the gas car unlike electrics.
DanielPhelan
Buy an electric car.
Fuel cells are still fossil fuel cars (steam reformed natural gas). The car companies are aligned with the energy companies and they are gong to try and stop the electric car development and the democratization of energy.
They are going to try and confuse us with these fuel cell cars and sell them as "clean" or "green" and tout the pure hydrogen they run on....but all the while what they are trying to sell you is a natural gas powered car and the natural gas it runs on. Not to mention....Fuel cell cars still require big batteries to run effectively.
If one is powering their house with natural gas...then I can see a fuel cell having a place, as much of the energy it creates comes in the form of heat. So one could power their house and heat their water as the same time...but in a car the fuel cell wastes all the heat making it incredibly inefficient.
Buy electric cars! Electricity is the future of energy. Fuel cells are a scam.