South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has announced its decision to put the N Vision 74 concept car into mass production.
The unusual concept car, which runs on a hydrogen fuel cell, features a 670 horsepower hybrid electric powertrain and two rear-mounted electric motors that act as a “virtual differential.” The car is powered by a 62.4 kWh battery pack, which is itself powered by a hydrogen fuel cell acting as an onboard generator to extend range. Till Wartenberg, Hyundai’s Vice President of N brand management and motorsports, expressed hope that the retro-styled two-seater would go into production. The company plans to make an official announcement and introduce the production model on May 27th.
Hyundai’s N Performance division debuted the N Vision 74 last year as a “mobile lab” for exploring future powertrain developments. Although the concept car received warm reception from critics and netizens alike, the former head of research and development, Albert Biermann, initially expressed doubts about launching it in a series. However, the car’s impressive performance, including its acceleration and agility, may have convinced Hyundai to change its mind.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is still a nascent technology in the automotive industry. It involves using hydrogen to generate electricity, which is then used to power an electric motor. This technology produces zero emissions and only releases water vapor into the atmosphere. However, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles still face several challenges, including high production costs and the need for infrastructure to support refueling.
The launch of the N Vision 74 marks an important step in Hyundai’s efforts to develop and commercialize hydrogen fuel cell technology. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of fuel cell vehicles, with models such as the NEXO and the Tucson Fuel Cell. The launch of the N Vision 74 may help Hyundai solidify its position in the hydrogen fuel cell market and pave the way for future innovations.
In conclusion, the N Vision 74 concept car represents an important development in the automotive industry’s transition to cleaner and more sustainable technologies. The mass production of this hydrogen fuel cell car may help Hyundai establish itself as a leader in the field and inspire other manufacturers to follow suit.