Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

South Korean automaker Hyundai to launch long-range premium electric auto

South Korean automaker Hyundai to launch long-range premium electric auto

If delivered as promised, the new fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 percent further than its first generation fuel cell SUV, the Tucson ix FCEV (ix35 Fuel Cell in the UK), launched in 2013.

South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai is joining the race for dominance in the electric auto market as it announced that it will be focusing on electric vehicles as the center of its product strategy.

Power will increase 20 percent over the outgoing model, Hyundai says, and system efficiency will jump 9 percent.

Certain components increase aerodynamic performance on the new model.

Hyundai had initially championed fuel cell technology as the future of eco-friendly vehicles but has found itself shifting electric as Tesla shot to prominence and battery-powered cars have gained government backing in China.

Out on the road the new FCEV concept offers an overall range of over 580km, thanks to three equal-sized hydrogen tanks compared with the previous two different size units.

Hyundai also confirmed the new mass-produced model will feature advanced driver assistance systems with details set to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January.

It is due to be revealed early next year, firstly in Korea, followed by the European and North American markets.

Hyundai has announced plans to rapidly roll out new all-electric models as the giant Korean auto maker looks to explore new tech in the pursuit of more stable profits.

The Kona is the newest SUV from Hyundai and it is also one that is eye-catching.

The South Korean automaker is planning to launch an electric sedan under its high-end Genesis brand in 2021 with a range of 500 km (310 miles) per charge. Hyundai's first pure electric auto IONIQlaunched past year had a driving range of 191 kilometres (118 miles) per charge, shorter than the electric vehicles made by Tesla and General Motors.

In Korea, there are 10 fuel cell charging stations, only one-tenth of 100 in Japan, Hyundai said.

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