The Hyundai Tucson & Fuel Cell Technology - by Pathway Hyundai

Canada’s Up

Canada, if you haven’t heard it yet, hear it here, and now. Hyundai Motors is officially the first automotive manufacturer to bring a Fuel Cell Vehicle to the Canadian automotive market, and you should start getting excited about it. Carving a way towards a greener future, the new Hyundai Tucson is making its appearance boasting a zero-emission voyage of over 400km on one tank of pure electro-chemical power.

This concept may be new to a lot of people, so we wanted to offer an easy-to-understand look at what Fuel Cell Vehicles are and why they have the potential to make an exemplary impact on our world.

What Is a Fuel Cell Vehicle?

A Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) is a new take on the means taken to propel a vehicle from one place to another. In one sentence, it uses hydrogen and oxygen to chemically produce electricity from which to run the vehicle’s electric motor, rather than using the classic fuel combustion engine which we have been using in vehicles for the last one hundred years, or so.

How Fuel Cell Vehicles Work

So, no more gasoline? Sounds nice… possibly a foreign concept to some still out there? Although electric vehicles have been on the market now for around a decade, the concept for fuel cell technology has taken its own time to evolve to a state ready to fit a consumer market. Either way, just to get everyone up to speed here are some of the main components explaining how a fuel cell vehicle generally operates:

  • Fuel Cell Stack: A fuel cell vehicle uses a fuel cell stack to convert hydrogen and oxygen gases into electricity, which subsequently powers the electric motor.
  • Hydrogen Storage Tank: Fuel cell vehicles have a tank for hydrogen instead of gasoline. It stores the hydrogen at extremely high pressure to increase the overall driving range of the vehicle. Intuitively, the more hydrogen gas you can safely store, the longer you can go before needing to “re-fuel”.
  • High Output Battery: Connected to the Fuel Cell Stack, this helps store the vehicles energy from regenerative braking while providing supplemental power to the motor, which is….
  • Electric Motor: Vehicles which run on fuel cells use electric motors rather than internal combustion engines. Electric motors run much more smoothly, quietly, and efficiently than their explosive counterparts. Electric motors also require much less maintenance as their environment does not create such extreme temperatures and pressures to operate.
  • Power Control Unit: FCV’s use a central Power Control Unit to regulate the flow of electricity throughout the vehicle. It controls how all the electrical components get to work.

If any of this is confusing, just take away the fact that fuel cell vehicles use the stored potential energy inside of hydrogen gas to run an electric motor, of which to make your vehicle move. It does this quietly, efficiently, smoothly and without lighting anything on fire, therefore minimizing the amount of harmful emissions generated by the vehicle. In fact, the only emission generated from this system is pure water vapor.

Why Fuel Cells are Good News

If it isn’t obvious yet, here’s the first idea that comes to mind. Eliminating the consumption and burning of fossil fuels in our daily transportation on a global scale would be massively beneficial towards lowering harmful emissions, which contribute to climate change. This alone is such a fantastic reason to exploit great technologies when they become available.

At this point is no other vehicle produced on a similar mass scale that offers the same level of environmentally friendly terms-of-use. We however sincerely hope this will change as we see more and more fuel cell vehicles being produced by automotive manufacturers continue a movement that encourages the betterment of our future. Whether it be direct results of zero-emission driving, or further technological advancement and discovery inspired by the desire to innovate something new and incredible, the addition of fuel cell vehicles to the global market is sure to start the dialog for a greener future.

The New Hyundai Tucson at Pathway Hyundai

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