Hyundai is betting big on hydrogen
Hyundai is betting big on hydrogen

Hyundai Motors is investing heavily in hydrogen propulsion and has announced a new strategy called Hydrogen Vision 2040, which will include next-generation fuel cell technology, new concept vehicles like trucks and drones, and a collaborative 650-horsepower hybrid. Partner of new Rimac cars.

According to the company, the most interesting hydrogen product is the drone, which is a hydrogen-powered, cabin-free container transportation system that can operate completely autonomously.

Compared to the current container transportation system, a drone on a trailer powered by a modular electric chassis fuel cell can travel 1,000 kilometers through a hydrogen tank.

The trailer itself contains the necessary sensors and computers for self-driving. The electric carts can operate independently or in pairs to form drones for the train.

And each electric vehicle can rotate independently, which makes the trailer more maneuverable in narrow streets. You can also drive in queues on the highways for efficiency.

Upon arrival, the trailer can be automatically unloaded by raising the legs while pushing the electric wagon away to continue to the next job.

The trailer can be divided into three containers to tie most of the journey, and then divided into independent electric carts to reach the final destination.

The automaker is also showing an interest in consumer technology and is releasing a 670-hp hydrogen hybrid sports car.

This car is called the Vision FK, and it was developed in cooperation with Rimac, and it is powered by state-of-the-art new generation fuel cell technology and equipped with a large battery.

Therefore, they can be connected to additional bands or hydrogen propulsion. Since the fuel cell can charge the battery directly or drive four independent motors, the operation is easier than with hybrid vehicles.

Hyundai is betting big on hydrogen

The company said it can travel 600 km while charging and only takes 5 minutes to refuel without having to recharge the battery.

The company also revealed its third-generation fuel cell stacking technology, which is set to hit the market in 2023 to replace existing Nexo fuel cell technology.

It has a 100 kW unit, which is 30% smaller than Hyundai's current 95 kW stack. The 200 kW version is similar in size to the current Nexo, but the output is more than double.

The target service life of the new fuel cell is 500,000 km, which is 160,000 km more than the current generation.

The company also expects the next-generation technology to cost about half the cost of current fuel cells. They are modular, which means you can stack them to create power plants of up to megawatts. It is an ideal choice for backup power systems for large ships or IT companies.

Another completely flat system keeps stack height under 10 inches. For installation on the ground or on the roof of buses, trains or trams.

One of the main problems with hydrogen energy is the lack of infrastructure.

The company solved this problem with its concept of mobile terminal "e". It is a service vehicle designed for hydrogen refueling in areas with limited infrastructure.

He also unveiled the RHGV, which uses hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity for electric vehicles. Or powering the home during an emergency power outage.

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