Is Hyundai Ditching Hydrogen in Favour of Electric Battery Power?

Is Hyundai ditching hydrogen in favour of electric battery power?
Is Hyundai ditching hydrogen in favour of electric battery power?

There have been some interesting developments in the electric vehicle market over the last few weeks with this week beginning with rumours that Hyundai is looking to introduce an electric battery-powered vehicle to California and possibly ditch its hydrogen battery powered alternative in the short term. While this is partly to do with the Californian authorities zero emissions mandate which places pressure upon electric vehicle manufacturers to include zero emission vehicles in their line-up, it may well signal the end of Hyundai's hydrogen experiment in the short term.

The company had modified some cars from their portfolio to the new hydrogen system, which creates electricity to run the vehicle. While many have criticised the slow take-up of electric battery-powered vehicles, the situation for hydrogen electric powered vehicles is even worse. Therefore, it looks as though Hyundai has thrown in the towel in the short term but what will the company introduce to comply with the Californian emissions mandate?

Could the BlueOn electric battery-powered car be an option?

Quite why the BlueOn electric battery-powered car is not yet available across America is a mystery, as it is readily available in the Hyundai's domestic market. Therefore, many experts believe that it makes perfect sense for the company to introduce a modified version of this for the Californian market as soon as possible.

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At the same time many people have already cast a doubtful eye over the specifications of the BlueOn battery-powered vehicle which has a range of just over 85 miles per full charge and relatively poor acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in around 13.1 seconds. The company will either need to invest heavily to improve the BlueOn or perhaps look to introduce a new model to the U.S. market. Whatever happens, it seems as though Hyundai has a bit of a quandary on its hands and one which could prove to be relatively expensive in the short term.

Are Californian emission regulations starting to bite?

The Californian emission regulations played an integral part in the 1990 General Motors EV1 debacle and continue to play a major role in the industry today. In order to gain exposure to the Californian market, manufacturers need to sell an agreed percentage of their overall vehicle sales in the form of zero emission vehicles. While this is placing financial pressure on automobile manufacturers, it is a perfect opportunity to introduce more electric vehicles into America.

This is something which should have been continued from many years ago amid rumours that pressure from the oil lobby may well have undone earlier good work. Whatever the truth, whatever really happened behind the scenes, the current regulations regarding zero emissions in California are starting to bite.


Slowly but surely, all of the major automobile manufacturers are coming around to the idea of manufacturing and selling electric vehicles. While Hyundai’s short-term gamble on the hydrogen electric market seems to have failed, at least at the moment, the company does have other technologies to hand to comply with Californian regulations. It will be interesting to see what vehicle the company chooses to introduce into the Californian market and what level of additional spending the operation is willing to take on.