Hyundai to reveal hydrogen sports car in Detroit?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Jan 2019

Hyundai could be about to reveal an N-branded sports car at next week’s Detroit auto show, albeit with a twist.

Albert Biermann, head of research and development for Hyundai, said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that Hyundai is planning a “surprise” for NAIAS. He strongly hinted it would be a hydrogen-powered sports car, saying: "If not Hyundai, who will make a high-performance hydrogen electric car?"

Hyundai launched the hydrogen-powered Nexo SUV at last year’s CES. Its drivetrain offers 120kW/395Nm via a fuel cell that blends atmospheric oxygen with stored hydrogen to create electricity. The only by-product is water. The Korean manufacturer claims the Nexo’s 156-litre hydrogen tanks are good a range of about 600km.

If Hyundai were to use the Nexo’s powertrain in a sports car, we’d expect a bump in output, albeit at the expense of range.

Whatever the case may be, we’ll know for sure next week.

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