Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept Has Nearly 500 Miles of Range

South Korea's leading automaker Hyundai Motor Co. unveils its new futuristic concept auto, the FE Fuel Cell Concept, at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 7, 2017.

The driving range gives the vehicle a cut above the rest.

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.

Created to be as aerodynamic as possible, the FE Fuel Cell Concept has innovative features to aid efficiency, including a rear aerofoil and integrated vents to improve airflow around the vehicle.

Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress. The company says that it's been at the forefront of hydrogen vehicle development for two decades, launching the world's first hydrogen-powered vehicle in the 1×35 Fuel Cell, which is now being sold in 17 countries around the world.

It is expected that the FE Fuel Cell Concept will be brought to life in an SUV.

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

That seems to be the case in other markets, with fuel cell vehicle sales being quite minimal so far in Europe.

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 South Korean manufacturer of the vehicle introduced the new Hyundai i30 Wagon at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 7, 2017, ahead of its global launch scheduled for the second half of the year. The FE Concept is equipped with more advanced technology than previous models, which may help Hyundai better demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cell vehicles and draw yet more attention to hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used in transportation.

FE or Future Eco concept uses fourth generation fuel cell technology which according to the company is 20% lighter and offers 10% higher efficiency that that which was seen in the ix35 Fuel Cell.

Today, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai revealed is second form: the i30 Wagon.

  • Patricia Jimenez