Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has unveiled the new-generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell SUV ahead of 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). At the 2017 CES, Hyundai had showcased the Ioniq Autonomous concept - the first substantial product in its push for driverless driving.
The new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) design language is inspired by the FE Fuel Cell Concept shown at the 2017 Geneva motor show. The concept boasted a range of 497 miles (800km), with a power density 30 percent more than that of ix35 Fuel Cell, Hyundai's previous FCEV.
The company maintains that its advanced driver assistance systems will feature something new; however, it came short of announcing the exact details. It's expected to be a semi-autonomous system similar to that of Volkswagen Group's Traffic Jam Assist, where the car manages its acceleration, braking and steering below certain speeds in specific conditions.
The new FCEV will be Hyundai's first foray into testing of fully autonomous systems as its engine is perfect for coping with the high energy demand of former and it has a long range. When compared with the current ix35, the concept's set-up is 20 percent lighter and nine percent more efficient.
Hyundai is planning to launch three new electric vehicles by 2021, including an electric Kona crossover later this year. Also expected is a luxury Genesis EV touted to be launched in 2021, while an undefined long-range EV with close to 311 miles (500km) of driving range is also expected in 2021.
As for India, Hyundai might not consider FCEV but instead would bring an all-electric vehicle. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicles require robust infrastructure and stations; however, India is yet to increase its footprint in the electric charging infrastructure despite having a target of moving to an all-electric fleet by 2030.
That said, India should be looking at hybrid vehicles before all of its vehicles moves to electric technology. Also, this would give time for the government to formulate policies which would create an environment for electric cars and bikes.