Hyundai Introduces H350 Fuel Cell Concept

SEP 26 2016 BY MARK KANE 11

For Hyundai Motor, this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles show was the perfect opportunity to unveil its light commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicle – the H350 Fuel Cell Concept.

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai believes in hydrogen quite a bit,  calling the concept “a glimpse into the future of the LCV“.

Depending on the configuration option, the H350 can be build as a 14-seat passenger vehicle, or as a light delivery van.

Whether the H350 really is the future, or rather it is a something more like the all-electric van like the recently debuted by Volkswagen – the e-Crafter only time will tell, but we strongly believe more in the plug-in model, given its deeper infrastructure, and the rapidly advancing nature of the tech that is bringing costs down (and abilities up) more quickly.

Quick specs:

  • 422 km range on 7.05 kg of compressed hydrogen at 700-bar
  • 100 kW (136 ps) uel cell stack and 100 kW electric motor
  • Depending on wheelbase, the H350 provides 10.5 m3 or 12.9 m3 space – sufficient to accommodate five standard European pallets – or room for a 14-seat passenger compartment
  • 24 kW lithium-polymer battery output (kWh number missing in action)
  • top speed of 150 km/h
Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept

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The hydrogen pressure vessels looks like a packaging nightmare. There is tons of wasted space around them. A normal gas tank can be odd shapes, making full use of the space.

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The looks of these canisters under the seat scares me.

Sweden’s ‘PowerCell’ fuel cell / reformer combo can use just about any hydrocarbon (not just hydrogen but methanol, ethanol, natural gas, propane, gasoline, even low Sulphur diesel fuel). Since it’s not burning the hydrocarbon (diesel) there’s no toxic emissions (Nitrous Oxides e.g. VW diesel gate scandal). The PowerCell system sounds similar to Nissan’s ethanol SOFC / reformer concept but ‘PowerCell’ is using a PEM fuel cell which operates at a much lower temperature and has much faster startup. This REx technology could be a game changer for FCEVs!

The extraction/production/leaks of all “methanol, ethanol, natural gas, propane, gasoline, even low Sulphur diesel fuel” are quite pollutant.

The reforming process itself emits a lot of CO²

Producing electricity from hydrogen needs at least 3 times more energy.
It is dangerous, hazardous to handle, cumbersome and expensive.
The fuel cells hybrids are more complex and the cells must be replaced somewhere along the road.

The only ones making money from it is the NG frackers and the distribution network owners : Big Oil. Everybody else get screwed.

“Fool cell” is a very suited name.

CA passed a law last week labeling black carbon and methane “Super Pollutanta”…
Methane is also released from natural gas wells…

Poor Swedes!

Batteries would take less than half the space of the tanks.

The 100 kilowatt Tesla battery kinds of kills hydrogen at the station. In that why would I go to a gas station if I have a set of solar panels on my house?

This is a transit van where doing 250 miles with a quick refill is more important.

Gosh, just what we need: Yet another “fool cell” concept car. /snark

Honestly, what’s the point of this? Everybody with even half a brain knows that this technology is completely and utterly impractical. The facts, the science, and the economics are indisputable, despite the wishful thinking of a few “fool cell” fanboys.

Why keep pursuing what is obviously a dead end technology? They might as well be building cars powered by steam engines!