Parrot lance son nouveau Bebop 2 Electric power

L’univers des drones de loisirs grand public de milieu de gamme vient de voir grossir sa famille avec un nouveau drone de Parrot qui compte devenir un concurrent du Spark. Son nom: le Bebop 2 Electric power, une belle mise à jour du Bebop 2 en attendant le drone Bebop 3.

drone Bebop 2 Power de Parrot

drone Bebop 2 Power de Parrot

Avec son nouveau drone Bebop 2 Electric power FPV, Parrot promet une évasion sans limite et la marque indique sur son website : « Dernier né de la génération Bebop, le Parrot Bebop 2 Electric power est le additionally avancé des quadricoptères Parrot. Avec une autonomie accrue et un nouveau système d’assistance de vol, ressentez une liberté inégalée lors de vos expéditions aériennes« .

Bebop 2 Electric power FPV : un concurrent du Spark, un avant goût du Bebop 3

Ce superbe drone offrira la possibilité d’explorer, de photographier et de filmer sans limite, le tout dans une immersion totale pour tous ceux qui utiliseront les lunettes pour le vol à la première personne (FPV). Esthétiquement, ce nouveau drone conserve les lignes de son ainé, les nouveautés résident surtout dans l’autonomie qui passe à 30 minutes et ses modes de vol automatiques.

En effet, le Bebop 2 Electric power de Parrot suggest plusieurs modes de vol automatiques offrant la possibilité d’effectuer des prises de vue aériennes d’excellente qualité. On retrouve deux nouveaux modes de pilotage, à savoir « Sport » qui met en avant la vitesse et « Vidéo » qui privilégie la stabilité de l’engin. Le drone a désormais une vitesse de pointe montant jusqu’à 65 km/h en method Activity.

Parrot lance le drone Bebop 2 Power

Parrot lance le drone Bebop 2 Power

Quatre nouveaux mouvements sont présents:

  • Parabole (courbe autour du sujet)
  • Tornade (ascension en hélice, en cercles de additionally en additionally grands)
  • Orbite (cercles autour du sujet)
  • Boomerang (aller-retour à 60 m environ)

Petit additionally intéressant, le method Stick to Me n’est additionally payant sur cette version, comme cela était le cas sur la version précédente. On observe la présence d’un nouveau method de décollage en lançant le drone en l’air (method Hand Launch). Le Bebop 2 Electric power filme en Entire High definition 1080p, à 30 ips et peut prendre des photos de 14 Mpx aux formats JPEG ou DNG Raw.

Le drone Bebop 2 Electric power FPV Pack est déjà disponible sur la plateforme Parrot Keep, au tarif de 699 euro, dans lequel on retrouvera : le drone, deux batteries de 30 minutes, une radiocommande Skycontroller 2 et les lunettes Cockpitglasses.

Vidéo de présentation du drone Bebop 2 Electric power de Parrot

Electric Concept Cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show Reveal the Auto Industry’s Future

Ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz bossman Dieter Zetsche said the automaker will offer an electric version of every car it makes by 2022. The Concept EQA previews the inevitable compact SUV that will carry a battery and the three-pointed star. The four-seater comes packed with touch screens, can recharge its 60-kWh battery wirelessly, and offers a range of nearly 250 miles.

If Jaguar’s i-Pace doesn’t look much like a concept, that’s because it’s meant to preview the production version of the all-electric baby SUV that will hit dealer lots in 2018. Jaguar’s first fully electric drivetrain will deliver more than 500 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower from a 90-kWh battery pack.

It may look like the cheapo ride your parents drove in the 80s, but the Urban EV Concept highlights Honda’s push toward an electric future. The Japanese automaker has announced it will offer electrified versions of every model it launches in Europe, including the production version of this concept, set to debut in the next two years. Only time will tell if the suicide doors and the unusual bench seats (meant to give the car the feel of a lounge) make it all the way to production.

Mini’s bid for the future is its simply named Electric concept, which pays tribute to the Mini E, an early, small-scale experiment in electric driving. If you’re into the 1960s style and don’t care for gasoline, you can pick this one up in 2019.

Of course, the future’s about more than electricity. Audi talked up the age of autonomous driving with the Aicon, a fantastic, definitely-not-going-into-production concept. The sleek four-door looks almost normal from the outside, but inside you’ll find nary a steering wheel or pedal. This being the future, Audi promises a range of nearly 500 miles per charge.

For five years, Tesla has had sole ownership of the all-electric luxury sedan market. Now, BMW is among the automakers elbowing its way in. That’s why it built the i Vision Dynamics concept, previewing a soon-to-arrive production car with 373 miles of range and a top speed of 120 mph. Elon, you’ve been warned.

Despite their tiny nature, Smart’s cars have never been all that fuel efficient, at least not when compared to the many hybrids on the market. That’s all in the past: The Daimler-owned brand has announced it won’t offer cars with internal combustion engines after 2020. Thinking even further ahead is the fully autonomous Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept, which has two seats but no steering wheel or pedals. And for those into this sort of thing Smart says the car, meant for ridesharing, will pair you with travelers who match your interests. Cool?

Samsung will challenge Tesla with its own electric car batteries

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Samsung has chosen a wise time to start building long-range car batteries: China plans to ban gas-powered cars and automobile giant Volkswagen will offer electric versions of all their vehicles by 2030. 

These millions of forthcoming vehicles will need powerful batteries, and Samsung just introduced its “multifunctional battery packs” at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, which it claims can power electric cars for up to 430 miles. That would theoretically get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco with about 50 miles to spare.

For reference, Tesla says that the recently released Model 3, its affordable class vehicle, has batteries that can power the car for 220 miles.

The 200-mile difference between Tesla and Samsung sounds notable, but Tesla batteries have been powering its electric vehicles for years, while Samsung’s innovative offering has yet to hit the road. Without road-testing, its unknown what type and size of electric vehicle will actually be able to travel some 430 miles when powered by Samsung’s battery packs.

Although Samsung’s battery division, Samsung SDI, didn’t reveal too many details about its multifunctional battery pack, it has some similarities with the small, cylindrical batteries Tesla is putting into its Model 3, called the 2170 battery cell. Currently being produced in Tesla’s sprawling desert Gigafactory, these 2170 batteries can be held in the palm your hand, and Elon Musk calls them the highest density battery cells in the world.

Samsung is apparently placing similar cylindrical batteries (called 21700 batteries) in book or block-like modules that increase the batteries energy storage. In a press release, Samsung said that more of these battery-packed modules can be added to a vehicle to increase the vehicle’s driving range:

“Its users can change the number of modules as they want as if they place books on a shelf. For example, if 20 modules are installed in a premium car, it can go 600 to 700 kilometers. If 10 to 12 modules are mounted on a regular sedan, it can run up to 300 kilometers.”

If a sedan-like electric vehicle can run 700 kilometers (430 miles) without a charge, it will certainly prove a formidable challenge to Tesla’s electric sedans. For now, however, Tesla’s batteries are powering cars on roads all over the nation. And alongside these roads the company is strategically placing Supercharger stations to power up cars in “a matter of minutes” — for those taking their Teslas on trips across the country.

 

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Samsung Unveils Electric Car Battery with a 435-Mile Range

Samsung has managed to boost the capacity of electric car battery packs beyond those that are currently on the market, the company announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As Volkswagen, BMW and others took to the stage to strut their stuff and boast about what makes their brand’s plug-in cars better than the rest, some of the most influential companies that produce the underlying technologies behind these cars deserve a bit of credit as well.

Samsung, the popular smartphone maker, also makes electric car batteries and unveiled a new battery pack at the show. By increasing energy density, the company says it’s packed more power into a single battery and addressed a challenge that all electric car makers face: achieving a longer range without compromising the size of their vehicles.  

Compared with Tesla’s 100 kWh battery, which has 16 modules consisting of 18650 cells that let its Model S P100D travel up to 315 miles on a single charge, using 16 of the Samsung battery packs, the same car could travel 348 miles, making it about 11 percent more efficient. Samsung says it could equip a premium car with up to 20 modules, giving it a range of about 435 miles, or a typical electric sedan with between 10 and 12 modules, allowing up to a 190-mile range. Unfortunately no data was made available on the theoretical test weight of either vehicle, nor the overall capacity of the batteries.

The packs use individual “2170” cells, which are named after their dimensions: 21 millimeters in height and 70 millimeters in diameter, notably the same dimensions as those used in the Tesla Model 3 manufactured at Tesla’s Gigafactory.

Using Samsung’s new battery technologies, however, may help more automakers develop longer-range vehicles, potentially boosting the shift to electric that many manufacturers are working toward today and even give Tesla and battery-maker Panasonic a run for their money.

Electric powered Flying Taxi Startup Lilium Raises $90 Million In Series B Funding

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September 11th, 2017 by The Beam 

The desire in vertical just take-off and landing automobiles is continuing to surge. Warm on the heels of its high-profile hires in August, Munich-based mostly startup Lilium has just elevated $90 million in Series B funding. A year back it elevated $10 million in backing, bringing its overall money financial investment to a amazing $100 million. Pretty good heading for a corporation that was only officially started in 2015.

The funders concerned in this spherical bundled Tencent, international non-public banking and asset management team LGT, Atomico (a corporation started by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström who ended up a Lilium Series A backer), and Obvious Ventures (a corporation co-started by Twitter co-founder and former CEO, Ev Williams).

For Lilium, this funding spherical has a essential impact on its future ambition — to build a 5-seater jet. Co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand pressured this in a the latest assertion. “This financial investment is a tremendously significant phase for Lilium as it permits us to make the 5-seat jet a reality. This is the future phase in our rapid evolution from an thought to the creation of a commercially successful aircraft that will revolutionise the way we travel in and close to the world’s towns.” The top purpose is to build ‘air taxis’ that are able of generating somewhat brief journeys at substantial velocity. This will be put together with an app that will make purchasing a traveling taxi as effortless as whipping out your cell phone.

Staff expanding to 70 people

Even though some may be skeptical of the means of an all-electric VTOL to meet the 300 km assortment and 300 km/h prime velocity that it is aiming for, the successful examination flight again in April bodes very well for the venture, and Lilium is concentrating on bringing the ideal talent on board to make the dream a reality. A further essential use of the funding in the spherical is expanding the staff to 70 people, as Wieland states. “We are continuing to recruit the incredibly brightest and ideal international talent in aeronautical engineering, physics, electric propulsion and computer science to be a part of us on this incredible aviation journey wherever the only limits are the guidelines of physics.”

Lilium is not the only corporation concerned in the improvement of VOTLs, and there is a race on to build this know-how entirely. We’ve thorough some of the rival organizations in our traveling vehicle information, but this financial investment does give Lilium the prospect to press in advance of the pack. The corporation has indicated that it expects on-demand from customers flights to be a reality by 2025, and this financial injection may just make that bold timeframe attainable.


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Lilium secures $90 million to develop its electric powered VTOL airplane

Like a number of other startups, Lilium needs to make our flying automobile goals occur true with an electric powered VTOL craft you can summon with an application. Thanks to $90 million well worth of new expenditure from China’s Tencent and many others, the startup might now have a leg up on its rivals. It will use the money to substantially broaden selecting in buy to get the electric powered jet into the next stages of improvement.

Lilium differs from Ehang’s passenger drone and other like ideas. Alternatively than utilizing multi-rotors to the two carry and propel it, the craft utilizes flaps with electric powered “jets” that rotate from a vertical to horizontal placement. By tilting them into a vertical placement, it can get off like a helicopter, than rotate them horizontally to changeover into traditional flight, permitting greaters speeds and efficiency. Which is very similar to how Boeing’s V-22 Osprey and NASA’s smaller sized-scale “Greased Lightning” VTOL craft function.

Lilium is backed by the European Room Agency (ESA) and has in fact flown assessments with a whole-sized, two-seat prototype, albeit with no person in it (below). It lately hired engineers and personnel from Gett (an Uber and Lyft trip-sharing rival), Airbus and Tesla. The business designs to establish a five-seat “air taxi” that could ferry passengers 186 miles at about 186 mph. It has ambitiously planned its very first manned assessments by 2019, and passenger flights by 2025.

It truly is going to be rough for the the business to get aircraft permitted in the U.S., on the other hand. FAA certification is notoriously challenging, for one particular detail, in particular for an all-new style of aircraft — and correct now, it will not even allow for electric powered planes to get passengers.

There are also no Cessna-style electric powered airplanes with everything near to a 185-mile variety, 185 mph pace and five-passenger payload. And VTOL needs extra electrical power than a common airplane for takeoff and landing.

Elon Musk — who has made his individual electric powered airplane, of program — claimed the vital battery density threshold is about 400 Wh/kg, in comparison to about 250-300 Wh/kg readily available in present Tesla designs. Yet, Lilium tells Engadget that its parameters (variety, and many others.) “are centered on present-day current technology,” claimed CCO Remo Gerber.

He provides that “many thanks to the Lilium Jet’s special ability to changeover from hover flight to forward flight, significantly for a longer period distances and higher speeds become feasible. This is many thanks to the unique aerodynamics when utilizing wing borne flight.” All over again, on the other hand, this is not centered on everything that is on the marketplace correct now — the only professional battery-driven airplanes are gentle, two-passenger designs, that can go about 100 miles, tops.

Nevertheless, Ilium appears self-assured it can prevail over individuals challenges through its economical “electric powered jet” engines, absence of a tail and other technological innovations. If it can pull it off, it would be a grand feat, and the smog-totally free craft could unquestionably revolutionize urban transport. With any luck , it really is painting a sensible photo for investors, mainly because 2025 is just eight decades away, hardly an eyeblink in the entire world of aircraft improvement.

Update: The post originally claimed that Lilium’s VTOL aircraft will need future battery tech, but the business tells Engadget that its effectiveness knowledge “centered on present-day current technology.” Business CCO Remo Gerber added that “many thanks to the Lilium Jet’s special ability to changeover from hover flight to forward flight, significantly for a longer period distances and higher speeds become feasible. This is many thanks to the unique aerodynamics when utilizing wing borne flight.” The short article has been current with that info, and to issue out that no present electric powered aircraft has near to the variety, effectiveness and payload the Ilium claims.

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Lilium, a commence-up aviation company based in Munich, declared on Thursday they have lifted $90 million in investment decision to establish the 5-seat Lilium aircraft. The funding, which provides the total cash lifted to $100 million, will help the company to expand its staff members to extra than 70 and operate toward a very first manned flight in 2019. The new investment decision “makes Lilium one particular of the greatest-funded electric aircraft projects in the globe,” mentioned CEO Daniel Wiegand. No other company is promising the economic system, velocity, variety and lower sound ranges of the Lilium Jet, Wiegand mentioned. A remotely flown two-seat prototype flew in April, exhibiting that it could acquire off vertically and then easily transition to horizontal flight.

The Lilium Jet will be equipped to travel for one particular hour at up to 162 knots on a one cost, the company claims. Even though the company refers to the powerplants as “electric jet engines,” they’re not regular jets. In accordance to the company website, the engines operate like jets in that they suck in air, compress it and push it out the back. But the compressor fan in front is turned by an electric motor alternatively of a gas turbine. At the Uber Elevate convention in April, Wiegand described the motor as consisting of two bearings, a shaft and a rotor, with just one particular going element.

The new traders consist of Tencent Holdings, a huge world wide web company based in China LGT, which invests cash from Lichtenstein’s royal relatives Atomico, a venture business founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrm and Clear Ventures, whose co-founder Ev Williams is Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO. The company also declared just lately they have recruited new senior staff members from Airbus, Tesla and elsewhere to guide their growth efforts.

2017 Tesla Model 3 Has Unexpected Electric Motor Design

Among all the normal stuff you were reading last week, here’s something you might have missed: the little slice of the internet devoted to Tesla forums went crazy. Someone uncovered the 2017 Tesla Model 3’s certification papers on a public corner of the Environmental Protection Agency website. And there’s good reason these papers caused a stir: the filing documents revealed things that Tesla wouldn’t talk about during the car’s initial debut handover event in July.

The papers show that the long-range Model 3’s rated battery capacity is 80.5 kilowatt-hours (the actual usable capacity that Tesla historically uses to badge its models, which is always lower, never appears on such documents). They also state that its electric motor produces 258 horsepower. But these facts were arguably not the most important bits of information contained within the EPA documents.

The big news is this: the Model 3 uses a permanent magnet (PM) electric motor instead of the AC induction motors used in all Tesla products to date.

It may sound like a nerdy difference, but this is a huge deal on many levels. Tesla’s entire identity is tied up with the AC induction motor, a type that Nikola Tesla himself patented in the late 1880s. Not only that, the Tesla logo is said to be a cross-section of one lobe of one of its own AC induction motors. Tesla is the only production electric carmaker with this type of motor, so it has historically bad-mouthed the PM motors used by everyone else. Tesla liked pointing out that PM motors tend to be less efficient when operated at higher speeds. Also, such motors are made from rare earth elements, which are mostly mined in China and are thus subject to trade politics. No wonder Tesla didn’t feel like revealing this nugget at the Model 3’s coming-out party, which was well-attended by Tesla fans who are invested in the Tesla story.

But none of this is bad news for consumers or deposit-holders waiting in line to buy a Model 3. In fact, it’s a good thing. For one, PM motors are more efficient, so long as you’re not intent on building a hyperperformance machine. This makes them a better choice for daily-driven commuter vehicles. Not to oversimplify it too much, but AC induction motors have to use some of the electricity stored in the car’s battery to generate the necessary magnetism within the motor. Permanent magnet motors have no need for this because they are made using, as the name suggests, permanently magnetic materials.

This change has many cascading benefits, especially if you are trying to build a smaller, less-expensive electric car. A more efficient electric motor means you can use a smaller battery to achieve a given range, which not only lowers the price, but also reduces the battery’s weight and footprint. A smaller and lighter battery in turn allows for a smaller and lighter car, which increases efficiency and range and reduces the need for a big motor even more. It’s a self-reinforcing change that makes the Model 3 possible, as well as affordable.

And there are other important details that went unnoticed by those who first uncovered the EPA documents: Namely, a summary of the test results that will underpin the official range and “fuel economy” ratings that will eventually appear on the Model 3’s window sticker.

From these we can see that the Model 3 will be the first Tesla that’s rated higher in the city than it is on the highway. That’s not because freeway efficiency is substandard (that, too, is better than any other Tesla) but because around-town efficiency is vastly improved. Our analysis of the raw numbers suggests it’s entirely possible we’ll see Model 3 efficiency ratings that exceed those of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is good for 119 miles per gallon equivalent and 28 kWh per 100 miles in a mix of city and highway driving. For comparison, the thriftiest Tesla Model sold to date is the Model S 60D, which is rated at 104 mpge and a somewhat unimpressive 32 kWh per 100 miles. Furthermore, we would not be surprised if Elon Musk announces that the long-range Model 3’s range will climb above the 310-mile preliminary estimate Tesla shared at the handoff party by as much as 20 miles, possibly more.

The final bit of interesting information comes from what the 2017 EPA filing documents don’t say. There’s no mention of a 2017 standard-range Model 3. That seems to clinch the idea that we won’t see any of those vehicles until 2018. And with no filing from Tesla on the base car, there’s no range and consumption data we can analyze. Not yet, anyway.

All of this bodes well for the range and efficiency of the Model 3. The numbers that Tesla shared at the handover event look that much more believable, now that we know more about the motor, the battery and the raw numbers the company has submitted to the EPA.

Tesla’s Electric ‘Long-hauler’ Rumored to Have a Range Under 300 Miles

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Tesla Motors will be dabbling in the commercial freight industry when it unveils its electric semi-trailer next month. But, with news of it only possessing a 200- to 300-mile range between charges, dabbling may be a best-case-scenario. Diesel-powered rigs traditionally run in excess of 1,300 miles between stops, even though they also go through hundreds of gallons of fuel in the process. And it’s all that burned fuel that makes the concept of an electric tractor-trailer so appetizing to the trucking industry.

However, the EV prototype “long-hauler” won’t be fit for cross-country trips due to its limited range — meaning the inevitable Smokey and the Bandit remake probably isn’t going to have the Bandit or Snowman driving Teslas. 

According to Reuters, Scott Perry, chief procurement officer at Ryder, said he met with Tesla officials earlier this year to discuss the technology at the automaker’s main facility in Fremont, California. Perry explained the manufacturer’s goals centered around an electric day cab rig with no sleeper compartment, capable of traveling roughly 200 to 300 miles with a complete payload before needing to be recharged. But even among shorter distance day cab trucks, Tesla’s rumored range isn’t exactly competitive. Non-sleeper diesel tractors can easily clock 600 miles before having to worry about refueling.

“I’m not going to count them out for having a strategy for longer distances or ranges, but right out of the gate I think that’s where they’ll start,” Perry explained.

Tesla Motors is famous for teasing details and not providing the full story until the very last minute. It may already have something better waiting in the wings. Company CEO Elon Musk has expressed his desire for large-scale production of the Tesla Semi within a couple of years. It’s conceivable that the prototype could represent a modest offering, with longer range variants to follow. The company is also promising autonomous features that would eventually limit the need for a human operator.

“We’re getting [the trucking industry] closely involved in the design process, so the biggest customers of the heavy duty Tesla semi are helping ensure that it is specified to their needs, so it’s not a mystery,” Musk told shareholders in June. “They already know that it’s going to meet their needs, because they’ve told us what those needs are. So it’ll really just be a question of scaling volume to make as many as we can.”

The trucking industry has been monitoring Tesla’s trucking plans with healthy dose of skepticism, though. Servicing these already expensive vehicles could be extremely problematic and no fleet manager is going to green-light spending if the logistics don’t work. Range is also a critical factor within the commercial freight industry and these hypothetical EV trucks offer diminished distances and a lengthy recharging period.

Electric semi trucks are believed to lose their economic feasibility past a 300-mile range. Present-day battery technology would effectively limit it to around that threshold. Anything more and rigs would need to be equipped with heavy external power supplies, probably in the trailer — which would limit their usefulness.

“There is a certain amount of hype to Tesla’s announcement,” said Antti Lindstrom, an analyst at global research firm IHS Markit, last April. “It doesn’t seem that long-distance trucking is ready for electrification right now.”

Musk disagrees, obviously. “A lot of people don’t think you can do a heavy-duty, long-range truck that’s electric, but we are confident that this can be done,” he said.

Roughly 30 percent of U.S. trucking jobs are regional trips of 100 to 200 miles, according to Sandeep Kar, chief strategy officer of Toronto-based Fleet Complete, which tracks and analyzes trucking routes. “As long as [Musk] can break 200 miles he can claim his truck is ‘long haul’ and he will be technically right,” Kar said.

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Hyundai to refocus on electric cars to beat business blues

Hyundai has announced plans to rapidly roll out new all-electric models as the giant Korean car maker looks to explore new tech in the pursuit of more stable profits. Earlier this year, Hyundai said that its second quarter profits had slumped by 24 per cent, because of political instability and uncertainty surrounding the situation on the Korean peninsula, and especially South Korea’s relationship with the United States. Hyundai has also previously been criticised by industry analysts for being too reliant on conventional saloons in the US market, and not concentrating enough on the SUV boom.

The new Kona small crossover, a rival to the big-selling likes of the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, is part of Hyundai’s big (and small, so to speak) SUV push, and the company has now confirmed that there will be an electric version of the new car, with a 390km one-charge range, on sale next year. “We’re strengthening our eco-friendly car strategy, centring on electric vehicles,” Executive Vice President Lee Kwang-guk told a news conference in Korea.

The other big electric vehicle announcement from Hyundai was that of an all-electric model of its new Genesis luxury car lineup, which should boast a 500km one-charge range, and is slated to go on sale by 2021. Genesis is essentially Hyundai’s Lexus rival, and the brand is not yet on sale here, although Hyundai’s Irish importer is known to be keen to roll out the badge to Irish customers if the conditions and model lineup were suitable. Hyundai in Ireland has already had some success with electric vehicles – its recently-launched Ioniq has sold 275 units so far this year, with 207 of them being the battery only model, while 68 have been the hybrid version.

Hyundai also said that it would add three more plugin hybrid vehicles to its lineup, although it did not elaborate on which models they would be. It is likely that the next-generation Santa Fe SUV and the big-selling Tucson will be in line for part-electrification soon, though.

The Korean car maker, currently the world’s fifth-biggest automotive brand, and still with the best-selling model in the Irish market (the Tucson, again so far this year) is also continuing its push on the hydrogen vehicle front. While hydrogen power still has many detractors (no less than Tesla’s Elon Musk, who has previously said that using electricity to make hydrogen which is then used to make more electricity is foolish) the Koreans are not alone – Toyota, GM, Honda, and Mercedes all see hydrogen power as potentially fruitful. Hyundai has shown a concept version of its next-generation FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) which promises major gains in performance compared to the ix35-based fuel cell cars that it has been making and leasing in small numbers for the past few years. The new car, which looks very much like a slightly larger Kona, boasts a 163hp electric motor powered by a a fuel cell that is said to be nine per cent more efficient than that of the old ix35 model’s, with a tank range of as much as 800km. It’s also said to be much more durable and can be started in temperatures as low as -30-degrees Celsius.

Even so, many analysts fear that Hyundai is barking up the wrong, or at least too early a tree with hydrogen, with expectations that the company will have to wait until at least 2035 before it sees any significant return on hydrogen investment, and that it should concentrate on electric cars until then. In spite of all of Hyundai’s efforts in the area, there are still just ten hydrogen filling stations in South Korea, and the ix35 FCEV has been dramatically out-sold around the world by Toyota’s Mirai saloon.

“With exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance, our next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future. Hyundai Motor will take lead in developing and producing green energy vehicles that would ultimately complement a near-zero emission society” said Lee Ki-sang, Senior Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Centre.

A production version of the new hydrogen SUV, along with its name, will be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year.