Hyundai may have just unveiled its future hydrogen fuel cell projects, which include a more environmentally friendly Staria passenger transport system, but the brand’s local division is already considering the eco-group’s potential. powerplant.
Speaking to reporters at the launch of the new Staria, Hyundai Australia chief product officer Andrew Tuitahi said the Korean brand was considering all options for the future.
“We’re interested in all of the alternative fuel options, it’s a little too early to give us a comment or a commitment for this car at this time, but we’re definitely keeping an eye on it,” he said.
“Watch this place.”
Hyundai announced earlier this week that it would produce a second generation of the Nexo SUV and a “Hydrogen-Powered Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)” model, which is supposed to be a Staria Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) by 2023.
The power supply for FCEV’s next list will be an evolution of current Hyundai technology, expanding range while being smaller in size.
Two outputs have been revealed for next-generation fuel cell technology, a 100 kW unit designed for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles, and a 200 kW version with intentions for larger commercial applications.
The 100 kW stack is about 30% smaller than the current powertrain of the existing Nexo, which makes packing easier.
For reference, the current Nexo SUV uses a 120 kW / 395 Nm electric motor, powered by a hydrogen system capable of generating 135 kW.
Range is also expected to improve as hydrogen technology matures, although the current Nexo already has a significant range of 666 km on a full tank.
FCEVs can be refueled with hydrogen as quickly as a gasoline or diesel car, but run exclusively on electricity and produce only water vapor as a by-product, making them an attractive alternative to full battery electric vehicles that require long recharging times.
If the Staria FCEV materializes for Australia, it would offer a greener alternative to the popular Kia Carnival, which is sold with a V6 petrol or turbo-diesel engine.
Likewise, the current Honda Odyssey is offered exclusively with a gasoline engine, but a next-gen version due to be unveiled next year is said to mark a gasoline-hybrid powertrain to appeal to frugal families.
The Staria people mover range hits Australian showrooms this month with a choice of a 3.5-liter 200 kW / 331 Nm V6 petrol or a 2.2-liter 130 kW / 430 Nm turbodiesel, priced at 48 $ 500 before road costs.