Hyundai plans to start selling new fuel cell SUV in 2017

Toyota and Honda will not be alone for long in the emerging fuel cell car market. According to the British magazine Autocar, Hyundai aims to have a production run of 10,000 to 15,000 fuel cell SUV units from 2017 up to 2021. And the production fuel cell model will be similar to the ix35/Tucson currently used as a prototype, but with a focus on lighter weight. In other words, it will not be an Ioniq.

As the video above already explains, fuel cells are seen as the major car power source in the future. They help hydrogen stored in the car tanks to react with the oxygen present in the air. That works as an inverse electrolysis and generates electric energy.

In order to be totally honest, Hyundai already sells some units of the ix35 Fuel Cell, but mostly for companies. It may even have preceded Toyota on fuel cell car sales. In the UK, it costs 53,105 pounds, or US$ 76,300. In 2017, Hyundai will have sold about 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cell units. The new model will be directed at common buyers and must cost much less than the current fuel cell SUV.


The new fuel cell Hyundai vehicle would already be defined. It is just a matter of waiting for its official revelation, possibly reserved for a major auto show in 2017.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.