The concept is a part of Hyundai's eco-friendly program that will see 14 or more new environmentally-focused models introduced by 2020.
Hyundai may have been working on fuel cell vehicles for many years, and did beat Toyota and Honda in launching the first-ever mass-produced fuel cell vehicles.
Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry's environmental progress. "Our FE Fuel Cell Concept is an important evolution of our pioneering hydrogen leadership, and moves us closer to our vision for a "Hydrogen Society", where transportation is clean, efficient and enhances the lives of our customers". Spurred on by greater global demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, the program continues the example of innovation set by IONIQ, the first auto to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains in a single body type. Hyundai says the clean design language emphasises on the car's non-polluting nature and comes with a minimalist approach on the outside and inside. Across the vehicle, form follows function to deliver a minimalist style.
The FE's hydrogen fuel cell technology towers over the Tucson Fuel Cell.
The "FE" in the concept vehicle stands for Future Eco, reflecting new technologies supporting eco-friendliness, which the company thinks is well represented by fuel cells.
The concept vehicle includes an internal air humidifier that recycles water emitted by the car's fuel cell - it combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity used to power the electric motor, and water - creating a more comfortable cabin environment. It also comes with a 30 per cent higher power density for the fuel stack. Meanwhile, the boot features an integrated storage and charging space for an electric scooter... or something that size. The concept also comes with portable battery packs that will power the smaller and auxiliary devices inside the cabin including the touchscreen system, smartphones, tablets and more. There's great potential considering how popular compact cars are there in Europe and how much room for growth Hyundai has for an alternative fuel infrastructure there.
The FE Concept features a new hydrogen fuel cell design that weighs 20% less than other systems developed by Hyundai.
Hyundai is taking the further steps towards its support of hydrogen fuel cells when it made a decision to put forward a new hydrogen-powered CUV or SUV to replace the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. There are plans for more hydrogen refuelling stations by 2020, with journeys from Los Angeles to San Francisco now very attainable.