Hyundai FE Fuel Cell: the hydrogen future
Hyundai gives a first outlook on future fuel cell vehicles from the brand in Geneva. The FE Fuel Cell Concept is the fourth generation of drive technology.
Hyundai is showing the FE Fuel Cell in Geneva, giving an outlook on future fuel cell vehicles of the brand. The innovations are mainly due to technical details, especially in a higher performance of the fuel cell in which electrical energy is generated by the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, for example, for driving an electric motor. In the concept car, the system is 20 per cent lighter, but offers a 30 per cent higher energy density and operates ten per cent more efficiently. Together this results in a range of 800 kilometers. For comparison, the ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first series-produced fuel cell vehicle since 2013, has a fuel filling capacity of 5.64 kilograms of hydrogen, a maximum of 594 kilometers. In 2018, the advanced technology will be launched in a new series model.
Concepts for future mobility
Future-oriented solutions for tomorrow’s car rental will bring the concept, whose name stands for “Future Eco”, not only in technical terms. The design is intended to illustrate the environmentally friendly character of the car due to its minimalist style. The study has, for example, a novel rear air foil and integrated ventilation slots for better aerodynamics. In addition, a humidifier uses the water vapor emitted by the fuel cell as a waste product to improve the climate in the interior. Portable batteries on board, which are also fed by the fuel cell, allow the occupants to charge their mobile devices. In the luggage compartment finally comes an electrically operated scooter whose batteries can be supplied with electricity at their own charging station.
The “Hydrogen Council”
At the beginning of 2017, the Korean car manufacturer joined the “Hydrogen Council” at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The worldwide initiative of several companies wants to replace the long-term conventional combustion engines with the development and marketing of fuel cell vehicles. In the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen in the fuel cell, only water vapor is produced as an emission.