bet Hyundai is heavily on hydrogen, The company revealed a new strategy called Hydrogen Vision 2040, including next-generation fuel cell technology, new concept vehicles including trucks, drones, and a 650-horsepower hybrid fuel-cell sports car developed in collaboration with her new partnerRimac.
The most intriguing hydrogen product is the Trailer Drone, which is a hydrogen-powered, cabinless container transportation system capable of operating completely autonomously, according to the company.
Powered by the modular e-Bogie fuel cell, the Trailer Drone can travel up to 1,000 kilometers via an H2 tank, compared to the current containerized transportation system.
The trailer itself contains the sensors and computers needed for self-driving. The e-Bogies can operate independently or can be used in pairs to configure the Trailer Drone.
And each e-Bogie can rotate independently, making the trailer more maneuverable in narrow streets. They can also operate in platoons on the highway to enhance efficiency.
Upon arrival, the trailer can automatically unload itself by lifting on legs, while e-Bogies move away to head on to the next mission.
The trailers can be divided into three containers, making the majority of the journey connected, and then divided into independent e-Bogies to the final destination.
The automaker is also interested in consumer technology, unveiling a 670-horsepower hydrogen-powered hybrid sports car.
The car is called the Vision FK, and it was developed in collaboration with Rimac, and it’s powered by Hyundai’s next-generation fuel cell technology, with a large battery.
As a result, they can be connected to an extra range or hydrogen-powered. And since the fuel cell can either charge the battery directly or power the four independent motors, the process is a bit simpler than a fuel-powered hybrid.
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Hyundai is betting big on hydrogen
The company said it is capable of covering a distance of 600 km when charging, and refueling again in just five minutes, not counting the time of recharging the battery.
The company also revealed its third-generation fuel cell stacking technology, which is expected to arrive in 2023 to replace Hyundai’s existing Nexo fuel cell technology.
It is available in a 100-kW unit that is 30 percent smaller than Hyundai’s current 95-kW stack, and a 200-kW version is similar in size to the current Nexo but with more than twice the output.
The new fuel cells have a target life of 500,000 km, up from 160,000 km for the current generation.
The company also expects the next-generation technology to cost about half of current fuel cells. She’s modular, which means you can stack them to create power units with up to megawatts of output. which are ideal for emergency power systems for large ships or IT companies.
Another fully flat system keeps the stack height under 10 inches. For installation in the floor or ceiling of buses, trains or trams.
One of the main problems with hydrogen energy is the lack of infrastructure.
The company addresses this with its H Moving Station concept. It is a service vehicle designed to provide hydrogen refueling services in areas with limited infrastructure.
It also revealed the RHGV, which uses hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity for electric vehicles. Or to supply homes with power in the event of an emergency outage.
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