For a while and without too many specifics, Hyundai has been talking about a new hydrogen powered CUV or SUV to replace the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. Now, in Geneva, the Korean automaker has given us a preview of that vehicle: the Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell Concept.
The FE Fuel Cell definitely looks like a concept car, with a clean, flowing look Hyundai says is inspired by water, which happens to be this car’s only tailpipe emission. It has a sturdy stature, with the large wheels pushed to the corners. Aerodynamic touches help make it more efficient, and add to its fresh design. Let’s hope the production vehicle keeps some of these visual cues.
Inside the car, an internal air humidifier recycles some of those water emissions inside the cabin’s atmosphere. The FE Fuel Cell Concept also has portable battery packs for powering passenger devices, and the trunk is built to stow and charge an electric scooter to help you go that last mile.
The FE’s hydrogen fuel cell technology improves upon the Tucson Fuel Cell by being lighter and more efficient, with a fuel cell stack with 30 percent greater energy density. That means more range.
Driving range is, of course what sets FCEVs apart from other zero-emissions vehicles, and the FE Fuel Cell has plenty of that to go around. “We have designed the car to run the longest distance ever achieved by a fuel cell vehicle,” says Hyundai Vice Chairman Dr. Woong-Chul Yang. It’ll go about 500 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, which is especially helpful while fueling stations are still few and far between.
Hyundai expects to launch the production SUV inspired by the FE Fuel Cell Concept in early 2018.