Hyundai expressed that its next offering in the hydrogen powered car segment could be a bespoke design SUV. As of now, company’s offering in the segment will be based on the ix35 Fuel Cell SUV, though it has been replaced by the new Tuscon. Till date, Hyundai has confirmed that its subsidiary brand Kia will launch its own dedicated fuel cell vehicle in 2020, but now it seems that it will be Hyundai to launch its EV product prior to that.
Commenting on this, Mr Sae-Hoon Kim, Hyundai-Kia’s head of hydrogen fuel cell research said, “We will launch a dedicated vehicle, although it is not clear what vehicle type it will be based around. Developing a bespoke car offers clear advantages. For instance, the larger the radiators on a fuel cell car the better, and you can see on the Mirai that they have developed a cooling solution that helps with that scenario.”
Adding to this, he said, “Our issue is that all customer feedback says range and boot space are the priorities, but of course a larger fuel tank impinges on boot space.”
It is rumoured that the brand will stick to the SUV body design of its product, as the global sales in the SUV segment is booming. And, it will also allow the brand to progress in this range of eco-friendly vehicles. The company claims that the specifications of the proposed fuel cell vehicle will have a target range of 500 miles per charge with an aim of 110 mph of tops, while ix35 FCV has a range of 375 miles and a top speed of 100 mph.