Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hyundai to bring Longer-Range Hydrogen Fuel-Cell SUV to market in 2018

A fuel cell produces electricity through a chemical reaction, but without combustion. It converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, and in the process also creates electricity. It’s an electro-chemical energy conversion device that produces electricity, water, and heat.Fuel cells operates much like a battery, except they don’t require electrical recharging. A battery stores all of its chemicals inside and coverts the chemicals into electricity. Once those chemicals run out, the battery dies. A fuel cell, on the other had, receives the chemicals it uses from the outside; therefore, it won’t run out. Fuel cells can generate power almost indefinitely, as long as they have fuel to use.Some automakers are dead set on battery-powered cars being the way of the future, but others – like Hyundai – are leaning more toward hydrogen powered cars like the Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV.
This is going to be improved version of the earlier version of of the hydrogen SUV which Tucson Fuel Cell (ix35)
(Image Source: U.S. Department of Energy)
A Hyundai spokesman characterized the second-generation FCEV as having “60% better system efficiency than the first-generation FCEV,” through internal development of fuel cells and powertrain components such as the electric motor.
According to Lee Ki-sang,Senior VP of Hyundai Motor Group’s by enhancing fuel-cell performance, reducing hydrogen consumption, and optimizing key mechanisms, Hyundai has greatly improved the vehicle’s efficiency compared to its predecessor, the ix35 Fuel Cell car (known in the U.S. as the Hyundai Tucson FCEV). The new efficiency level of 60% represents a 9% increase from the Tucson’s 55.3%.
The second-generation model targets a driving range of about 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups. The driving range of the current Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle is up to 265 miles.
 A highly durable catalyst technology, used in the new generation FCEV also has greater durability than the current generation. And instead of two differently-sized fuel tanks as in the current Hyundai FCEVs, the new version utilizes three tanks, all similarly-sized and made of more advanced plastics to reduce thickness.
Hyundai's new hydrogen-powered SUV will be fully revealed next year in Korea, with European and North American markets following shortly afterwards. As well as the advanced fuel cell technology, the new model will also feature a number of driver assistance technologies, details of which will be disclosed in January at the 2018 CES, along with the official name for the new model.
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