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Hyundai Readying a New SUV Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Everyone is experimenting with alternative fuel cells and Hyundai is no different. The company is working on a new SUV which will use hydrogen cells and expected to have a massive 500-mile range.

The time to bid adieu to traditional gasoline powered vehicles has come. Almost every next manufacturer is trying to usher in a brand new range of vehicles. They are all hybrids, plug-ins or fully electric cars. At a time like this, Hyundai and Toyota are working to innovate hydrogen fuel cells.

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The model in question is the ix35 SUV and Hyundai will be building it on top of an existing platform. It will allow them to get to building cars much faster without the need to have a three- month start-up period. While many of these are expected to be work in progress concepts, the actual SUV is scheduled for a 2020 launch.

With four years to go, time may fly with all the inventions and innovations taking place around the buyer crowd. While most manufacturers are looking at developing sedans because they consume less fuel and are friendly for experimental ideas, Hyundai is going a step ahead with SUVs. Even the most popular electric car maker Tesla had to start with the Model S SUV before they moved onto the Model X SUV which had an amazing falcon wing doors and larger leg room.

According to the company, the car will be mounted on a SUV body and will sport an impressive mile range of 500 miles on a single charge. They are completely different from the traditional lithium ion battery and if it succeeds, it could pave the way for cars powered by batteries than the usual gasoline and diesel.

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Hyundai representative added that customers are always asking for more space in the SUV segment. They want better space to sit, store their luggage and travel long distances in complete comfort. The large fuel tanks have always posed an issue which will be totally bypassed once they opt for hydrogen fuel cells. They are much smaller in size, but offer great mileage, providing the right balance between comfort and fuel efficiency.

It looks like we are fast approaching a world filled by vehicles that hardly rely on fuel and if they become autonomous as expected, driving a car would never be a problem again. After all, you can just rest while letting the bots do all the work.

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