As the world moves toward more sustainable energy practices, many automakers are turning to alternative energy options. While Hyundai does offer electric and hybrid powertrains, it is also working on fuel cell technology. Recently, Hyundai signed a memorandum of understanding with Cummins to work on fuel cell technology together.
Under this agreement, the two companies will focus on the North American market and will incorporate Cummins electric power trains and battery systems with Hyundai fuel cell technology. With this cooperation, the two companies hope to broaden the hydrogen fuel cell market.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology has a few benefits over electric cars. For one, they usually have a further range. Another benefit is that they refuel much faster than it takes to recharge an electric battery. The one downside is the limited infrastructure in hydrogen refueling stations — which could change if fuel cell vehicles become popular enough.
The current Hyundai lineup includes versatile alternative energy models like the Ioniq, which is available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a solely electric car. The Hyundai Kona now has an electric version, while the Nexo is only available with a hydrogen fuel cell technology. If you are looking for a more traditional Hyundai model, the Sonata is available as either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid, in addition to the standard gasoline engine.
Check out the many alternative-fueled Hyundai models at Tipton Hyundai and see why it’s a good idea to go green.