Hyundai previews next-gen FCEV, electric Kona confirmed

Gladys Abbott
August 21, 2017

Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel a claimed 800 kilometres (497 miles) between fill-ups based on New European Driving Cycle standards.

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Fuel cell cars, emission-free like pure electric cars, can be refuelled in two to three minutes unlike electric vehicles that can take several hours to fully recharge.

Hyundai launched the world's first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in 2013, dubbed the Tucson Fuel Cell, but sales trailed Toyota's rival offering, Mirai.

Welcome to Hyundai's vision for its future hydrogen fuel cell SUV. New components in the fuel stack have improved performance at start-up in cold temperatures. That would be a jump from just 121 fuel cell cars in 2016. The new model doesn't have a name yet, but it embodies Hyundai's ongoing commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle technology and development. The SUV will launch in Korea early next year, and after that, it will arrive in North America and Europe. This SUV will inspire a yet-to-be-named model which will be shown at the 2018 CES event in January.

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The Kona is the newest SUV from Hyundai and it is also one that is eye-catching.

As part of this plan, Hyundai is now developing a dedicated platform for electric vehicles that it said will allow the company to produce multiple models with longer driving ranges, including an electric version of the forthcoming Konda compact SUV with a range of 242 miles in the first half of next year and a vehicle with a range of 310 miles by 2021.

The South Korean automaker is planning to launch an electric sedan under its high-end Genesis brand in 2021 with a range of 500 km (310 miles) per charge.

Pictured in the gallery below is the Hyundai FE fuel cell concept.

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