Hyundai plans to launch a new fuel cell hydrogen SUV next year with a longer driving range than the cars offered by rivals Toyota and Honda.
The new fuel-cell SUV prototype will be on show at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, in February. According to Bloomberg, the vehicle will have a range of more than 800km on a single refuel.
Hyundai has also confirmed that it is working to develop smaller fuel-cell powertrains that are about the size of an internal combustion engine to reduce costs and to allow the hydrogen fuel cells to be used in a variety of models.
Across the globe, in the U.S. President Donald Trump is reviving a review of fuel-efficiency regulations after a lobby from automakers, which could ease regulations on petrol-powered vehicles and as a result, slow the growth in adoption of alternative energy vehicles.
Commenting on this at the Seoul Motor Show, Kim Sae-hoon, who oversees the technology at Hyundai and affiliate Kia, said in an interview, “It may be good for OEMs in the short term, but the global push toward greener society is an unstoppable trend.”