The Future Kia Stinger Could Be A Hydrogen Plug-in Hybrid EV Based on Vision FK Prototype
The korean luxury brand will no longer introduce new models with internal combustion engines as of 2025, relying on only the hydrogen fuel cell and batteries to complete a lineup of eight electric vehicle models by 2030. Only the pure electric models will be sold through the genesis to be completely carbon neutral, where carbon emission is to be zero by 2035, in its entire operations, from manufacturing to the dealerships. As for hyundai and kia branded products, the korean auto giant aims to increase the share of electric vehicles in sales to 80 by 2040. Following its goal to achieve 30 in 2030. in europe, the company will stop the sales of all ice vehicles in 2035 and only sell battery powered electric vehicles and hydrogen cars in 2040. Such a policy will expand to major markets outside europe, evident from the plans its clear that hyundai is one of the few manufacturers that is keen on making hydrogen one of the driving forces behind the zero emission objective, along with the battery powered electric vehicles like toyota, A company that firmly believes in the future of hydrogen hyundai also remains skeptical of a future comprised entirely of battery evs, and this couldnt have been more clearly expressed when thomas schemer hyundais chief marketing officer stated during the presentation said. We are absolutely convinced we are on the right track and we cannot survive with battery technology alone. This is why hyundai is still investing millions of dollars into the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
In midst of the companys aggressive plans to introduce a slew of excellent battery electric vehicles such as 800 volts ionic 5 and kia ev6, we have already seen an end product of the hydrogen fuel cell research in the form of the nexo crossover vehicle. Nexo uses hydrogen to generate electricity in its fuel cell stack as motive power. Only emitting water is its by product through the process, a fantastic solution even compared to the vvs that taxes on the environment due to the reliance on the batteries that requires manufacturing and disposal. After use, however, as brilliant and clean as hydrogen fuel cells and as aggressive as hyundais aim to popularize hydrogen vehicles by 2040, it still faces various challenges, including government regulations and ongoing debate for the safety and the effectiveness as an eco, friendly mobility solution. But the biggest problem is the infrastructure for hydrogen refueling. Currently such infrastructure is next to non existent outside california, in the u.s and even in europe. The movement is at snails pace, hyundai, with the firm belief that the governments and auto manufacturers would eventually follow suit. Its showcasing a product that could serve as a stop gap measure between battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, while hoping that hydrogen would receive momentum just like how hybrid or plug in hybrid electric vehicles are serving the role between internal combustion, engine vehicles and Evs at the 2021 munich auto show in the midst of presenting its hydrogen vision, 2040 product strategy and hydrogen wave of products heavily weighted toward commercial trucking hyundai also introduced another vision for its fuel cell technology.
The vision, fk sports car vision, fk, is a unique hybrid car that integrates the technology of battery powered electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Its also a prototype of the genesis gt90 supercar that we featured in our recent video, which the korean luxury brand, is developing in preparation for the zero emission 2030 to showcase the companys two pronged approach of maintaining both bv and fced technology and the vision. Fk concept is the culmination of such technologies. Its driven by two different energy sources in the front of the vehicle. Is a hydrogen fuel cell power generator much like hyundai, nexo fcev and in the rear lies a traditional battery powered electric drive unit, similar to most of bvs in existence? What makes the rear battery powered drive unit special is that its co developed by none other than rimac prolific, electric supercar manufacturer, that most of the high performance car brands are turning to receive technical cooperation. Hyundai and kia invested 90 million dollars into the croatian company and are leaping the full benefit of the transaction by receiving technologies that power such extreme supercars rimac navira, with nearly 2000 horsepower on tap from four electric motors for the application in vision. Fk, only two motors will be used to drive the rear wheels, which also acts as a torque vectoring system, by changing the speed of each wheel for better grip and handling vision. Fk will supply the motors with electricity from its battery by default.
However, when the juice is depleted, the hydrogen fuel cell kicks in providing electricity directly to the motor. The rimac supplied battery pack is, of course plug in and can be recharged much like your ordinary electric vehicle. A must feature until a solution to hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is found because the power electric system is also from rimac. The charging time should be around 30 minutes to 80 percent, similar to that of navira, which is longer than that of hyundais 800 volts egmp system. However, refueling the hydrogen tank, which is located on top of the power electric system in the rear of the vehicle, would only take five minutes all in all. The combined range of the vision. Fk is 600 kilometers or 373 miles, which is equivalent to hyundai nexo fcev, but longer than that of most of the conventional bvs out there. Additionally, much like the navira vision, fk utilizes, a center mounted t shape battery core unit. Unlike the traditional flat mounted, battery pack is found in dedicated electric vehicle platforms, such as hyundais egmp. A similar setup was also seen in the rm20e project car, which was also developed in cooperation with rimac rm20e was powered by an 800 volts motor which generates a peak power of 596, kilowatts or 810 horsepower, as well as peak torque of 960 newton meters or 708 Pound feet capable of achieving zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than three seconds and a 200 kilometers per hour in less than 10 seconds.
However, for the application in the intricate hydrogen hybrid systems is vision. Fk, the total output was curtailed to 500 kilowatts or 671 horsepower, with an acceleration time of 3.9 seconds its hard. Not to imagine that the peak power will increase substantially in the near future, especially with the involvement from rimac. As for the styling of vision, fk, its quite obvious that its based on the current stinger, also, the design, is similar to that of the test. Mule spotted in korea several months ago, leading to the unveiling featuring wide fenders front and back and with the rear doors removed to accommodate the large air intake for cooling purposes. It takes on a dynamic two door gt appearance. However, its unlikely that this design will carry forward when the production versions are launched as a test mule and a rolling lab concept similar to that of the rm series of project cars that utilized veloster body, the stinger body would merely be a facade during the proof Of concept stage until the technology is ready for production, the end product of the vision, fk project would be models such as hyundai branded and high performance car, a hydrogen race, car and genesis gt90 halo car that we have previously reported. Our sources also tell us that kias version of vision, fk, could also, indeed be labeled, as stinger targeted for between 2030 and 2040. The vision, fk is certainly a vision that hyundai is envisioning for the future, where bev and fcev coexist.
As for the pricing, hyundai says that it aims to bring down the price of the fcev to the level of bev, so thats encouraging as well as for the end of the video question. What do you feel is the best application for the hydrogen plug in hybrid electric vehicle technology. Please vote and share your views by clicking on the link in the comment section after watching the following official presentation on vision: fk thanks for watching auto vision, your best source for the fastest korean car news and rumors dont forget to comment like subscribe and click on The notification bell see you next time with the latest korean car news. Lets, take a look at our first hydrogen powered hybrid sports car prototype the vision fk. It has a maximum output of over 500 kilowatt and it accelerates from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than four seconds. We expect over 600 kilometers of range, our engineers combined a hydrogen fuel cell energy converter with a high power rear wheel, drive plug in pe system. Hyundais high performance car brand, hyundai n has proved its technological prowess by winning many international motorsport competitions. Now such technological prowess will be applied to the high performance fuel cell ev and could eventually compete in motorsports. I have to admit that the vision fk prototype is a bit of technical overkill, but it is an exciting challenge for our ambitious engineers. The packaging situation is extremely complicated, so we decided to collaborate with rematch automobili, in which honde motor group invested in 2019.
. For this vision, fk prototype, we developed the power electric system with remats, while our high performance and fuel cell engineers developed all other systems of the vision, fk prototype heres. Another use case for hydrogen production, storage and transportation. Convenience are important for the widespread use of the hydrogen fuel cell as an energy converter and power generator. This is our first h2 portable hydrogen fuel cell power charger. This powerful zero emission charger was developed to charge high performance electric race, cars that are participating in electric touring car racing, the etcr infrastructure and temperature independency, immediate and dynamic power generation. Zero emission and high reliability also play a key role in producing emergency electricity and remote and sensitive locations where a power supply is difficult. Music.