Plus, Hyundai treated attendees to a first-look at another breakthrough: the all-new FE Fuel Cell Concept.
At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai is exhibiting a new FE Fuel Cell Concept, which is a Tucson-sized SUV concept that foreshadows the company's plans to bring a fuel cell vehicle to production. The bold looking SUV concept builds on the technology that now underpins the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson Fuel Cell in certain markets) with much improved hardware that is not only lighter but more fuel efficient as well.
Hyundai was the first global manufacturer to market a production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and is a founding member of the Hydrogen Council, created to promote fuel cell auto development as an alternative to fossil fuel vehicles.
THE Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept has revealed the Korean carmaker's potential replacement for the hydrogen-powered ix35 SUV that has pioneered the consumer-facing side of the technology.
Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress.
Speaking of the concept, it's a step more advanced than the current Tucson Fuel Cell, which was introduced back in 2015.
The Geneva press conference began with a video interviewing Grant Twiggy Baker, WSL Big Wave World Champion, who emphasized the theme of water-a smart choice for Hyundai's influential Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy.
The concept's name "FE" stands for Future Eco. "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 Woong Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. As a result, Hyundai says the new FE Fuel Cell concept has a range of almost 800 km on hydrogen before refuelling.
A production SUV using elements of this concept will launch next year with "Hyundai Smart Sense" driver assist technologies now being tested.
There is little news at the moment from the company about any type of widespread hydrogen refuelling system both home and overseas, so it is likely that the first vehicles will be on offer in North America, particularly California. The concept also comes with portable battery packs that will power the smaller and auxiliary devices inside the cabin including the touchscreen system, smartphones, tablets and more.