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Hyundai introduces hydrogen fuel cell H350 light commercial van concept at IAA

Hyundai Motor is introducing a hydrogen fuel cell concept version of its H350 light commercial van at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover. The powertrain study shows the potential for the company’s advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment.

Unlike a conventional electric vehicle, which requires a number of hours to recharge, the 175-liter hydrogen tank system can be filled in less than four minutes—similar to the time it takes to refill a tank of gasoline or diesel in a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine. The H350 Fuel Cell Concept has a total range of 422 km (262 miles).


The powertrain is packaged in such a way that its installation has no impact on the H350’s load area. 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.

The Fuel Cell driveline enables almost silent operation of the vehicle contributing also to a reduction in noise pollution what makes it especially suitable for night deliveries in urban areas. The H350 Fuel Cell concept would be suitable not only for door to door and urban missions, but also to extended mileage missions thanks to the improved autonomy.

With the Fuel Cell powertrain capable of producing up to 100 kW (136 ps) and 300 N·m, the H350 Fuel Cell Concept is able to reach speeds of up to 150 km/h (93 mph)—similar performance to LCVs powered by an equivalent internal combustion engine. Propelled by a near-silent electric motor, it also produces significantly less noise than conventional vehicles.

The H350 Fuel Cell’s powertrain is formed of a hydrogen tanks, fuel cell stack, high-voltage battery pack, inverter, and electric motor. The 700-bar high-pressure hydrogen tanks, located under the floor of the vehicle between the two axles, store 7.05 kg of compressed hydrogen, which is then broken down into protons and electrons in the fuel cell stack.

The electricity produced by the fuel stack is then stored in a compact 24 kW lithium-polymer battery pack, with the inverter converting the energy to an alternating current to power the 100 kW electric motor.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is available to order from Hyundai’s dealer network. There are currently 50 units of ix35 Fuel Cell in use for members of the public in Munich, Germany. Hyundai’s Fuel Cell powertrain was demonstrated successfully during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, with the company’s Fuel Cell city bus used as an official vehicle throughout the tournament.



A hand to Hyundai. Another major positive step for FCEVs.

This could become the basic design for extended range delivery trucks and small-medium size buses. Make it a ADV, mass produce it, and you could have a Henrik clean automated bus-truck.


As a small bus many cities could have more routes serving more people to more places they want to go with less pollution.


This is a chance to clean up the air in our cities.
Since they use oxygen, fcs take in air, and filter it of particulates.

Not only would that start the clear up from diesels, but all vehicles produce particulates from tire wear.

'PM2.5 emission from tire dust was calculated as 3.7 mg/km/vehicle.
Emission of tire dust was shown by a QUADRATIC function on acceleration.
Instantaneous tire dust emission was calculated applied to JC08 test cycle
(Japan's test cycle for type approval of exhaust emission).

(Emphasis mine}

Which shows that 'ludicrous' acceleration is precisely that on a vehicle to be used on public roads, and in particular in cities.

Green pretensions vanish in a haze of particulate pollution.


24 kw battery pack?

What is all that about?

I will try to track it down, and if anyone else does so before me, please post it here.


With a fuel cell range extender, the vehicle does not need a large battery pack.


These should be open air trams or trolleys
Especially like in tourist and short trip locals like Los Angeles.
LA Dot has has short loop vans that these would be great in linking regional bus and light rail to neighborhoods. Unless these are leased to a commuter van pools the range over 100 miles is less important. Getting the fuel cell stack and storage price down is most important. Batteries are becoming cheaper but will never reach the economy of scale as a carbon fiber storage tanks . If metal halides are integrated the infrastructure to pressurize the hydrogen can be reduced. The more endures for fuel cell stacks will lead to the moores law of improvements in price and enhanced performance.
Korea and Japan both see the pending shortages of fossil fuels and lithium , the economics make more sense to pursue fuelcells.

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