Earlier this month, Hyundai, along with Kia, said that they will be releasing an expanded range of crossovers spanning various size classes. In a new development, it has been reported that the two Korean automakers will be mass producing hydrogen-powered crossovers by next year.
This isn't the first time Hyundai dabbled in hydrogen vehicles or FCVs (Fuel Cell Vehicles). As far back as the first-generation Tucson, their C-segment crossover has long been the test bed for this technology. A few years later, the second-generation model saw a relatively wide distribution when it was available for lease in certain markets. There were also prototypes of FCEV Kia Sportages and Mojaves but failed to reach production.
The report stated that Hyundai will launch a hydrogen-powered car during the first half of 2018. However, it wasn't indicated if it will be an all-new model or use an existing vehicle as its basis. With that in mind, it is likely to be the production version of the unnamed concept the brand displayed back in August of this year.
Simply labeled as the 'Next Generation FCEV', Hyundai says the model is already close to production. The concept also combined hydrogen power with an electric drive system. Hyundai claims a power output of 163 PS, along with a range of approximately 800 kilometers. That said, this tech may spread across the Hyundai lineup.
Kia, on the other hand, will follow suit before the end of 2020 with the report indicating that it will be based on the Sorento D-segment crossover. If confirmed, it will be the first time Kia will be offering an FCV in its 72-year history.
Source: Business Korea