Hyundai is taking the further steps towards its support of hydrogen fuel cells when it made a decision to put forward a new hydrogen-powered CUV or SUV to replace the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. Driving range as also been significantly boosted by 30% to more than 800km without refuelling.
It is expected that the FE Fuel Cell Concept will be brought to life in an SUV.
Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress.
As automakers begin to show more interest in fuel cells, some believe that plug-in electrics could serve as an effective way to transition away from more traditional vehicles.
They included the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, Hyundai's first commercialized fuel cell vehicle now sold in 17 countries, according to the company.
That's likely based on the European test cycle, but it could well exceed the rated USA ranges of the Mirai (312 miles) and the Clarity Fuel Cell (365 miles). Sales are slight for all three, but the Tucson Fuel Cell has been far behind.
While Hyundai said little in Geneva about the challenges of developing a workable, widespread hydrogen fueling infrastructure, the production version will likely be offered State-side only in the state of California to start with.
The "FE" in the concept vehicle stands for Future Eco, reflecting new technologies supporting eco-friendliness, which the company thinks is well represented by fuel cells.
Both of those cars are four-door sedans, a struggling segment, while the Hyundai is crossover utility vehicle that looks to sit on roughly a compact footprint.
The concept auto includes an internal air humidifier that recycles water emitted by the car's fuel cell - it combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity used to power the electric motor, and water - creating a more comfortable cabin environment.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept continues Hyundai Motor's commitment to fuel cell vehicle development and is part of the company's eco-vehicle program that will see 14 or more new environmentally-focused models introduced by 2020.
Today, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai revealed is second form: the i30 Wagon.