Not only has the second generation of Hyundai’s fuel cell car been unveiled earlier than expected, the price has already been set as well. The first event featuring the Next Gen Fuel Cell was moved up half a year and took place in mid-August in South Korea’s capital Seoul. The car scheduled to hit the market in early 2018 will cost EUR 54,000 (USD 62,712) outside South Korea, where incentives will push it down to EUR 29,000 (USD 33,596). That’s 20 percent below the price tag of the previous model, ix35 Fuel Cell. Improvements include an extended range of 800 kilometers or 497 miles on one tank and increases in efficiency (60 percent) and power output.
The five-seat FCEV offers a 100-kilowatt fuel cell (electric engine: 120 kilowatts), a 2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, an automated parking assist and the latest version of Hyundai’s driver assistance. Expectations are that Hyundai will use the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang to market the vehicle, of which the carmaker intends to produce an initial 3,600 in its factory in Chungju. One thousand units of its predecessor have so far been sold in 17 countries.
A second model that is said to get its own fuel cell option is the Genesis. A first concept study had already been showcased at the International Auto Show in New York earlier this year. The next fuel cell vehicle, the GV80, is planned for 2019. And Hyundai’s subsidiary Kia is reportedly working on its own FCV. Equipped with fuel cell technology by Hyundai, it could be ready for the market in 2020 or 2021.