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Hyundai unveils next-generation hydrogen powertrain. Hyundai says FCEVs will start at the same price as BEVs in 2030

Hyundai will “popularize hydrogen by 2040 with a series of initiatives designed to position the fuel in a context that allows for battery electrification. This goes beyond the private sector.

Hyundai, following yesterday’s broad-reaching commitment that its vehicle fleet would be all-electric by 2035 in Europe and worldwide by 2040, has now committed to mass-producing hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)

According to the company, FCEVs will cost about the same as BEVs by 2030.

Vision FK is a hybrid sports car which will be the leader in hydrogen technology. It claims to be more powerful than 671 bhp and can accelerate in under 4.0 seconds. It can also travel over 373 miles.

Vision FK’s hydrogen fuel cell stack is paired to a Rimac-developed powertrain, which drives the rear wheels. This is a rare combination and makes it the first car that uses both. As long as production continues unchanged, it would also be unique.

Hyundai had previously stated that future models from its N performance division will use hydrogen powertrain solutions. As Thomas Schemera, chief market officer, suggested earlier this year, the Vision FK concept is the first concrete sign that they will use both batteries and hydrogen power sources.

Hyundai has created the Vision FK to be a rolling laboratory – similar to the RM19 mid engined idea – and Rimac, in which Hyundai holds a substantial stake, was chosen as an EV technology supplier due to Hyundai’s EGMP architecture not being able support the “very hard” packaging.

According to Rimac, these “specialised batteries” can be used in such applications. These batteries are similar to Rimac’s Nevera hypercar.

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Hyundai also confirmed it would use hydrogen powertrain technology in motorsport applications. “Zero. Perhaps in four years things will change.

“Motorsport is a great way for you to show your technology in extreme situations. Motorsport can show new technology is reliable and efficient. It’s amazing that so few companies have hydrogen. Our fuel cell technology is our best.

Hyundai has yet to provide information on the production date for Vision FK or whether it could be extended to other models. However, it is clear that hydrogen and battery power are key components of the brand’s electrification plans.

BMW spokeswoman yesterday, saying that they are committed to both fuel cell technology and battery technology. FCEVs are also capable of long distances, but don’t require large batteries.

Hyundai previously stated that the Nexo SUV would be updated in 2023. This is one of two passenger FCEVs. In 2025, it will launch two new standalone FCEVs. Hyundai now has the new hydrogen powertrain, which will be used to support this switch to hydrogen.

The third generation fuel cell stack will be available in two power outputs. It follows the first in 2013’s low-volume ix35 Fuel Cell and today’s Nexo. The 200kW and 100kW versions are said to be 30% smaller than the current systems. The 200kW version is for commercial use.

The third generation stack promises a longer lifespan than the current Nexo powertrain. Hyundai estimates that it can last for approximately 5000 hours and 100,000 miles. The new system will boost those numbers by between 50% and 100%. The Nexo’s “high-durability” version is expected to last for 310,000 miles, almost twice as long as an ICE-powered Hyundai model.

The 134bhp unit can be used as part of larger power systems. This modular arrangement can provide power for large ships or IT companies up to 1MW. For smaller commercial applications like buses, trams, and MPGs, it can be lowered down by 25 cm. This gives you more flexibility and maximizes interior space.

Hyundai has confirmed that all commercial vehicles will be equipped with an FCEV powertrain.

Hyundai claims this ambition will make it the first automaker in the world to achieve such ambitious commercial vehicle transport goals.

The Xcient, a hydrogen-powered HGV that will be available for sale in 2023, is on its way to becoming the first company to do so.

The Trailer Drone concept, for example, is a hydrogen-powered container transportation system that can travel independently over distances greater then 620 miles. This isn’t an evolution of the hydrogen technology in Hyundai’s passenger cars but the result of extensive engineering work to “redefine how a container maneuvers”.

It is basically a hydrogen-fueled bogie, which sits underneath the container. The container is then moved by the system independently in shipyards and tight urban environments.

Hyundai predicts hydrogen will be used by many other industries and sectors in the future