Locally, Hyundai was the first auto company to permanently import a fuel cell electric vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and has agreed to supply 20 FE's to the ACT Government in late 2018 as part of the Hornsdale Windfarm Stage 3 project. The automaker and partner Kia Motors Corp, which together rank fifth in worldwide vehicle deals, additionally said they are arranging 31 eco-accommodating models by 2020, up from a formerly hailed 28. It is likely to be offered at a competitive price as its auto parts sister company Hyundai Mobis has recently completed the industry's only plant with an integrated system capable of producing all major parts for the fuel cell vehicle.
The new SUV shown at the special event previews Hyundai Motor's second commercially produced hydrogen model and uses the company's fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology. That would be a jump from just 121 fuel cell cars in 2016.
Performance (maximum output): The new model's maximum output is enhanced by 20% compared to its predecessor, boasting an impressive 163PS of power. The lineup includes 10 hybrid electric cars, 11 plug-in hybrids, eight pure EVs and 2 FCEVs. The new vehicle is fitted with the company's self-developed membrane electrode assemblies (MEA), a core component of the fuel cell stack. But the dearth of hydrogen fueling stations is an obstacle for mass adoption.
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The firm plans to expand beyond the all-electric version of the Ioniq to create a broad line-up comprised of small EVs, to more luxury offerings with longer ranges, and Hyundai has announced three new all-electric cars are on the horizon.
"Hyundai Motor plans to take a multi-pronged approach to its eco-vehicle program", it says.
An EV version of the Kona compact SUV due next month is being readied for a global launch in the first half of next year, with a claimed driving range of 390km. Following the Genesis EV launch in 2021, it plans to unveil another long-range EV with a range of more than 500 kilometers after 2021.
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Another part of the plan is the development of 4WD and FR (Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive) variants, building on its proprietary Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) system, which was developed in 2011.
In the January-June period, Hyundai and Kia sold a combined 430,947 vehicles in China, down 47 percent from 808,359 units a year earlier.
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