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Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Hyundai unveils new FE Concept equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell

Hyundai unveils new FE Concept equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell

Part of that move was joining the Hydrogen Council earlier this year, which is dedicated to promoting the development and commercialization of fuel cell cars.

South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor Co. introduced its new green concept auto, the FE, at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday, also bringing more than 10 other cars for the world to see.

They included the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, Hyundai's first commercialized fuel cell vehicle now sold in 17 countries, according to the company.

Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company, said: "Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress". Hyundai says that the FE Fuel Cell Concept is the next step towards its zero emission Hydrogen Energy Society goal.

With radical flowing lines said to take their inspiration from nature and water - the only substance emitting from its tailpipe - the concept is a radical departure from the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and not only in its looks.

The concept's name "FE" stands for Future Eco.

Following Honda's lead with the FC Clairty and Toyota with the Mirai, Hyundai intends to create a dedicated fuel cell model, rather than the ix35-based model it now offers today.

Compared to the hardware Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept is 20 per cent lighter, while the fuel efficiency gets a boost by 10 per cent.

The FE Concept is a fuel-cell based electric vehicle that is created to have a maximum driving range of more than 800 kilometers, according to the company. Meanwhile, the trunk features an integrated storage and charging space for an electric scooter, demonstrating how Hyundai Motor is developing mobility solutions to match future lifestyles. There's great potential considering how popular compact cars are there in Europe and how much room for growth Hyundai has for an alternative fuel infrastructure there.

As another reinforcement of the car's eco-credentials and focus on customer convenience, the FE Concept features portable battery packs - charged by the car's energy output - to power passenger devices.

These include the newly launched Hyundai Ioniq, the first vehicle to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains in a single body type, and an SUV-based fuel cell model set for launch in 2018. There are plans for more hydrogen refuelling stations by 2020, with journeys from Los Angeles to San Francisco now very attainable.

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