Hyundai launching new fuel cell electric vehicle in early 2018

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tucson
Hyundai Motor Company is pushing forward with Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs). The South Korean car company’s Vice Chairman, Yang Woong-chul, said at a ministerial tour that Hyundai’s second-generation FCEV will launch in 2018, according to Reuters. He stated the primary reasons for the technology revamp are tougher emissions regulations and to compete with Japanese car companies Honda and Toyota, which have their own FCEV models.

An earlier report in The Electronic Times that said Hyundai was aiming to extend the 265-mile driving range of the current FCEV vehicle to 497 miles, almost double. That report also said the new model will be introduced in late 2017 but would go into mass production in 2018. It will again be an SUV, like the current Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell model. In addition to the popularity of SUVs, FCEV components take a lot of space and SUVs have more space available than the FCEV sedans made by Honda and Toyota.

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, introduced in 2013, was the first FCEV to be mass-produced, but it is still being made in small quantities. The production is limited to 1,000 vehicles a year and it’s not clear if it has reached those goals. The two greatest reasons sales haven’t been greater are high cost and the limited availability of hydrogen refueling stations.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has never been for sale, only for lease, with no lease-purchase option at the end of the term. The lease requires a $3,000 payment upfront and $500 a month for 36 months. As part of the lease, fuel and maintenance are included, along with a permit to drive in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the highway.

The only places in the U.S. where FCEV Tucsons are available to lease are in specific parts of northern and southern California. There are currently only 5 hydrogen fueling stations in the northern part of the states (in Hayward, San Francisco, and near San Jose). There are 16 stations hydrogen stations in the Los Angeles area, as far south as Dana Point. With the current model the 265-mile driving range isn’t enough to make the 383-mile trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, so all driving with the current vehicles are limited to their own sections of California.

In order for prices to go down, permitting an increase in leases, the FCEVs will need to be produced in greater quantities. And while wider distribution is needed to support more customers, that in turn requires more refilling stations. So even though hydrogen fuel cells are the most eco-friendly fuel system on the road — water is the only emission — the chances of more FCEVs getting off the starting block depend on successful efforts on both fuel availability and lower prices.

Cars

Citroën says you could drive its tiny Ami One electric car without a license

Citroën's Ami One concept car is an electric vehicle that's as cute as it is compact. The miniature motor only has a top speed of 28 mph, so the French automaker imagines it as a shareable runaround for short drives.
Cars

Audi is advancing the tech that teaches cars to talk to traffic lights

Audi is teaching its cars the language of traffic lights. The company developed technology that tells motorists what speed they should drive at in order to catch as many green lights as possible.
Business

Can Amazon deliver on plan to slash carbon footprint of shipments?

Amazon has announced an ambitious plan to halve its shipment carbon footprint by 2030. The company says improvements in electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy make the goal reachable.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Cars

Nissan is using old Leaf batteries to power and connect off-the-grid campers

Nissan has teamed up with trailer manufacturer Opus to design a mobile, weatherproof power pack built with battery cells sourced from the first-generation Leaf. Called Roam, the pack stores enough electricity to power a camper for up to a…
Cars

Alfa Romeo’s latest Ferrari-powered F1 race car is ready to hit the track

Alfa Romeo is doubling down on Formula One racing after a decades-long hiatus. Now essentially a support team for Ferrari, its 2019 driver lineup includes a former world champion and a potential future star.
Cars

Researchers teach self-driving cars to predict pedestrians’ next moves

University of Michigan researchers are developing a system that teaches self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement. Humans don't always act in their own best self-interest, so autonomous cars will need to practice protective driving.
Cars

Subaru’s latest VIZIV concept car is pumped full of adrenaline

The Subaru VIZIV Adrenaline is the seventh member of the Japanese automaker's family of VIZIV concept cars. It debuts at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but for now, all we're getting is a shadowy teaser image.
Cars

Waymo rules and Apple trails in California self-driving car benchmarks

California's DMV releases annual reports of self-driving car disengagements on public roads. In the most recent reports. Waymo had the best performance, GM Cruise came in second, and Apple's self-driving program was in last place.
Cars

Watch a modified Audi e-tron electric SUV drive straight up a ski slope

A modified Audi e-tron climbed up an 85-percent gradient on an Austrian ski slope in a tribute to a classic Audi commercial. The vehicle used for the stunt sported an extra electric motor and spiked tires.
Cars

Mamma mia! Alfa Romeo will unveil a new model at the Geneva Auto Show

Alfa Romeo told Digital Trends it will unveil a new model at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It stopped short of revealing what it has in store, but rumors claim it will be a crossover positioned below the Stelvio.
Cars

Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick…
Cars

Mercedes lets the sun shine in one last time with SLC Final Edition convertible

The Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible sports car is going out of production. Launched in 1996 as the SLK, the model has been a fixture in the Mercedes-Benz lineup across three generations.
Cars

Aston Martin’s next hypercar, due in 2021, will pack a hybrid powertrain punch

Aston Martin will follow up the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro with a new hypercar, code-named Project 003. The car will debut in 2021, with production limited to 500 units worldwide.