Viewed : 934 times

Recommended Articles

Hyundai just promised a big push for hydrogen power: All of its commercial vehicle models are to incorporate fuel cell systems by 2028.

08 Sep 2021 | International News : International

Hyundai has grand plans for hydrogen power, and it is making sure that the world watches as they unfold.  

Announcing its Hydrogen Vision 2040 on 7 Sep 2021 on an online forum, Hyundai Motor Group declared that it has its sights set on a "hydrogen society" by the year 2040, where fuel cell systems will be the norm.

Hyundai's envisions FCEVs in all shapes and forms: The Vision FK (left) and XCIENT Fuel Cell (right)
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer a different take on electrification. Using hydrogen fuel from a filling station, hydrogen and oxygen react with each other to produce electricity in a fuel cell stack within the car, which then powers it.

This differs slightly from conventional battery electric vehicles (BEVs) like Teslas, which run on batteries directly charged from a power source.

One eye-catching goal outlined by Hyundai is the application of fuel cell systems in all of its commercial vehicle models by 2028. It will be the first in the industry to do so if it succeeds. Currently, it already builds the XCIENT Fuel Cell truck.

Still, Hyundai believes that hydrogen doesn't mean no fun: It unveiled a concept hydrogen-powered hybrid sports car at the forum, the Vision FK, which boasts a century sprint time of under four seconds. (Production remains unclear currently.) 

While FCEVs have been lauded because hydrogen is an abundant resource, fuel cell technology has still taken a backseat over the past decade because it is extremely costly. The technology is also said to be more appropriate currently for commercial vehicles, due to the longer range and the possibility of quick refuelling. 

The Toyota Mirai is probably the world's most prominent FCEV currently
Toyota is perhaps most prominent for its efforts to bring FCEVs into the mainstream - the Toyota Mirai being the prime example currently - although it has never laid out plans as ambitious as Hyundai’s. BMW and Mercedes-Benz have also recognised the potential of fuel-cell technology. 

Hyundai hopes that R&D gains and increasing economies of scale will help to bring fuel cell vehicles down to a level where they are just as affordable as other EVs. It aims to achieve this by 2030.

You may also like

1-10 of 20    

Tags :  

hyundai  toyota  bmw  mercedes-benz  hydrogen power  fuel cell  fcevs  evs