Following on from Hyundai’s first commercially-available fuel cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, the FE Fuel Cell Concept retains SUV styling cues, albeit in a more modern and flowing form.
The name, FE, stands for Future Eco symbolising Hyundai’s advances in hydrogen fuel cell technology including technology that weighs 20% less than the previous version while achieving 10% greater efficiency. The power density of the fuel cell stack is increased by 30%, resulting in a cruising range in excess of 800km on a single fill.
Styling is inspired by water, the FE Fuel Cell’s only emission, with a minimalist form both inside and out. Integrated styling touches, like the vented rear pillars also add to the FE Fuel Cell’s aerodynamic efficiency.
Hyundai reaffirmed its commitment to zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell technology at Geneva, as the company looks to expand the reach of fuel cell vehicles, with the help of infrastructure changes to expand the refuelling network
The FE Fuel Cell also houses portable battery packs, charged by the car’s fuel cell stacks, which can be used to charge passenger devices. The concept also houses an electric scooter in its boot for ‘last mile’ mobility, allowing the driver to park out of congested city centres and ride in the last part of the journey.
Hyundai vice chairman, Woong Chul Yang, confirmed that a production version of the FE Fuel Cell is set to go on sale in 2018 becoming one of 14 eco-friendly models to be introduced by 2020, and joining the already released hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions of the Hyundai Ioniq.