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Motor shows its fuel-cell electric SUV

Motor shows its fuel-cell electric SUV

Under European standards, Hyundai said the new vehicle can drive 800 kilometers (498 miles).

Hyundai has revealed its new fuel cell powered SUV ahead of its official debut sometime next year.

The return of the power unit of the new model is 120 kilowatts, equivalent to 163 horsepower and 400 Nm. The door handles sit flush to the auto, while the air curtain - in conjunction with the air tunnel inside the D-pillar - maximizes aerodynamic efficiency.

If delivered as promised, the new fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 percent farther than its first generation fuel cell SUV, the Tucson ix FCEV, launched in 2013. Not only does it feature the same rounded hood, but the headlights take on a similar shape, and the door handles once again sit flush to the vehicle. The firm will also unveil a hydrogen-powered bus towards the end of 2017.

As such, the SUV can be started at -30 degrees Celsius, thanks to the incorporation of key components, like the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and bipolar plates, into the fuel stack. The unnamed SUV gets a three-tank setup, all equally sized, with things like a plastic liner and layering pattern to reduce thickness and improve the storage mass per tank weight.

Range has always been a concern with hydrogen, especially due to the woeful lack of fuelling infrastructure in the United Kingdom, and the new SUV allays those fears a tiny bit by boasting an efficiency level of 60%, or a 9% increase from the ix35's.

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The move comes as Hyundai Motor struggles with a lack of new models, particularly SUVs, and declining sales in major markets, such as China and the United States.

The new fuel cell SUV is just one green model Hyundai plans to introduce globally in the coming years.

Two LHD prototypes of the vehicle were here last month for cold-weather testing, with a team of Hyundai engineers from South Korea assessing the SUV's systems in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales.

Then he reportedly confirmed "an electric sedan under its high-end Genesis brand in 2021 with a range of 500 km (310 miles) per charge".

According to the automaker, the near-production-ready, yet-to-be-named model was displayed at a special preview event held in Seoul, highlighting Hyundai Motor's commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle development.