Hyundai is actively working on a fuel cell electric vehicle for the Indian automotive market. The South Korean brand’s latest project — Progress for Humanity with Zero Emission Mobility — marks the beginning of a feasibility study for electric vehicles in India using fuel cell technology. The industry-first initiative by Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) aims to strengthen its commitment towards a greener mobility ecosystem.
Progress of mankind through emission-free automotive development is the vision and commitment of Hyundai. The company has started the feasibility research for fuel cell vehicles in the country, keeping the future generation in mind. Mr S S Kim from Hyundai Motor India Ltd claims that zero-emission mobility is the ‘ultimate solution’.
He added that Hyundai, being a “responsible and caring automotive brand”, has always led the zero-emission mobility approach across the globe. A brighter, cleaner and greener future is the goal and the company will take efficient measures to attain the same in India.
At the venue of the first International Organisation of Motor Vehicles Manufacturer (OICA) conference (held from November 26 to 29, 2019 in Mumbai), Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) shared a lot on the strong developments that have happened in the field of fuel cell technology. There was also a lot of discussion on the global success of Hyundai’s latest commercially available fuel cell electric vehicle, the Hyundai NEXO.
As per many experts and leaders in the field of electric mobility, fuel cell electric vehicles are the ultimate eco-friendly means of transportation that can revolutionise the automotive industry across the world. The absence of greenhouse gas emissions in vehicle operation is the major goal every manufacturer is looking forward to realising.
The main difference of a fuel cell from a conventional electric powertrain is the power source itself. Unlike regular electric vehicles, such cars do not have a battery, but a fuel cell. This may sometimes be in combination with a battery or supercapacitor and is basically aimed to power the motor that provides mobility. The motor may be attached to the wheel itself (hub motor) or on the front or rear axle.
Fuel cells generate electricity using oxygen from the surrounding air and compressed hydrogen. The first commercially introduced fuel cell vehicle was the Hyundai Tucson FCEV which made its debut back in 2013. In the later years, the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity joined the party.