From hybrids to hydrogen vehicles and several electric vehicles, Hyundai has been on the battlefront of sustainable mobility for three decades now, promoting and researching key elements in this type of technology in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to cleaner mobility.
During this period, Hyundai also carried out its first experiments with hybrid engines, bringing out its first vehicle with this mechanics in 1995: the FGV-1 Concept.
2000s – Advances and development of hydrogen technology
Although it had started developing this technology in 1998, it was not until 2000 when they presented their first prototype: the Santa Fe Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. This was his first hydrogen vehicle and had a 350 bar tank for storage. With this, the car was capable of traveling up to 230 km. Although these figures were really impressive, especially if we think about the time when they were achieved, they illustrated that, due to the lack of infrastructure for this type of vehicle, they were not viable as a means of mass transport.However, this did not make them bow their heads and leave, since, in 2004, at the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai presented the second generation of these vehicles from the hand of the Tucson FCEV, which equipped a new polymer battery lithium with which the car was capable of traveling up to 300 km. Their 152-liter storage tanks for hydrogen also contributed to this.
2010s – Hyundai becomes a pioneer
After two decades of intensive research and presentation of innovative prototypes, the Korean house makes a turn towards transforming the idea of electric cars as a real alternative into reality. With this in mind, Hyundai launches its first electric production vehicle: the BlueOn. This is based on the i10 and has a range of 140 km that recharges in six hours, being able to reach 130 km / h top speed.
In 2011, sales of the Sonata Hybrid, which had been previously announced at the 2008 Los Angeles Salon, begin. This becomes the first conventional hybrid vehicle to use a lithium-ion polymer battery. In addition, this car uses Hyundai’s Blue Drive technology to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Two years later, in 2013, Koreans celebrated a milestone with the ix35 Fuel Cell, as it became the first mass-produced vehicle to use hydrogen-powered technology.
In 2016, Hyundai introduces the Ioniq, the first car in the world to offer variants; hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric in the same body, the zero emissions version has a range of 310 km.
After this, the Asian company launched the Nexo, the second generation of its hydrogen cars in 2018, with the best autonomy of its class that existed: 665 km.
2020 – The year of electrification
Now, with this new decade at its starting point, Hyundai has been behind it for 30 years as baggage, making it in many ways go one or more steps ahead of other manufacturers who now get on the car seeing how it has changed in a matter of few years the panorama. And it is that the Korean brand currently offers the widest and most diversified range of electrified models on the market, also knowing that the company’s plans are none other than to increase this commitment to sustainable mobility in the coming years, since they have been Proposed to be, by 2025, one of the three largest providers of electric vehicles in Europe.