For green drivers in northern California near CardinaleWay Hyundai, there is news to celebrate. According to folks at Hyundai headquarters, the manufacturer is looking to unveil next-gen fuel cell in models beginning in 2018.
Back in 2013, Hyundai took the lead as it became the first automaker to offer a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle when it brought out a special version of the 2013 Tucson crossover. Now, Hyundai is taking steps to assure it’s ready to take its fuel cell technology further by 2018.
That’s when Hyundai will unveil an all-new fuel cell vehicle. Details are sparse but based on comments from Hyundai’s leadership, the vehicle is expected to fall somewhere between an SUV and a CUV. CUV stands for crossover-utility vehicle. That generally refers to a utility vehicle that uses a unitized platform, more like a car, instead of traditional SUVs, which use classic body-on-frame construction more in line with a pickup truck.
This new vehicle will contain a smaller fuel cell but a larger battery, so the electric motor will boast a higher output but will actually be smaller than the one in the Tucson Fuel Cell. Because they’re smaller, Hyundai’s new fuel cells will use less platinum. They will be paired with a new electric motor that is more powerful and smaller. To date, Hyundai has produced under 1,000 copies of its fuel cell vehicle.
Headquartered in South Korea, this new fuel cell from Hyundai is scheduled to debut just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Winter Olympics are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Hyundai is looking to take full advantage of the timing. Plans to market the new vehicle at the event are in development and Hyundai may be looking to introduce a fuel cell bus at the games.
We’ve got the right model in our showroom at CardinaleWay Hyundai. Drop in for a test drive with one of our amazing staff members today!
Hyundai of Corona
2525 Wardlow Rd.
Corona, California 92882