Hyundai Motor Co has revealed its trailblazing Future Eco (FE) Fuel Cell Concept to Asian audiences for the first time at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, reaffirming its commitment to hydrogen-powered vehicle development as the world’s first manufacturer to mass-produce a fuel cell vehicle.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept hints at the form and capabilities of a forthcoming production FCEV due for launch in February of 2018.
The new model will feature advanced driver assistance technologies alongside an extensive hydrogen-powered range that moves Hyundai closer toward realising its ultimate ambition of creating a zero-emission Hydrogen Energy Society.
The concept car is designed to run for more than 800km between refueling, acknowledging the current limited hydrogen infrastructure and features a host of clever technologies to enhance customer comfort, convenience and safety.
One of the most notable characteristics of the new concept is its internal air humidifier, which recycles water emitted by the car’s clean hydrogen energy circulation to create a more comfortable cabin environment.
Other than the FCEV, Hyundai also demonstrated a suite of technologies at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, revealing further developments for its future mobility strategy.
The next generation of convergent technology under development includes a newly-developed Connected Car Service Platform (ccSP) platform and smart, hyper-connectivity innovations that focus on linking cars to customers’ lives.
The ccSP platform will allow customers to connect seamlessly to a variety of other IoT services offered by telecommunications providers and global appliance services.
“Controlling vehicles via voice assistant is something that could become common-place in the not-too-distant future,” said Seung-Ho Hwang, Executive Vice President and head of Auto Intelligence Division at Hyundai Motor Company.
“We are working with various companies in Korea and around the world to ensure that all of our platforms are compatible and that Hyundai customers will be able to interact with the Internet of Things in ways that have never before been possible,” said Hyundai Motor Company executive vice president and Auto Intelligence Division head Seung-Ho Hwang.
The connectivity services demonstrated at the show will be available commercially in the next few years, with ‘Home to Car’ services expected in 2018 and ‘Car to Home’ operations available in the following year.
The company also presented key elements of its Connected Car roadmap which consists of four objectives – proactive caring, smart convenience, cost efficiency and connected efficiency.
Besides that, the company demonstrated the advanced piloting capabilities of its latest technology that enables the Ioniq to navigate safely without driver input through challenging situations, through immersive Virtual Reality simulators at its stand at the motor show.
It also presented its Smart House concept at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, revealing the potential reach of its advanced Future Mobility technology through the working exhibit which provided a vision of how the car could be integrated with the daily lives of users, converging mobility and customer’s living and working spaces.
Hyundai is also showcasing its current i20 Coupe WRC challenger that is competing in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
Based on the Hyundai i20 Coupe, it is enhanced in line with the WRC’s 2017 technical regulations that allow for greater power and greater aerodynamic downforce.
Along with that, the company is displaying its striking high-performance N concept, the RN30, that was first introduced during last year’s Paris Motor Show.
The motorsport-inspired racing concept was developed in close collaboration with Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) and Hyundai Motor’s Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division.