After essentially charging itself, the vehicle automatically reparks itself in an empty spot.
Hyundai and Kia have revealed a new Automated Valet Parking System that makes it easier for electric car owners to charge and park their EVs.
The innovative feature informs the driver of the vehicle’s remaining battery charge and automatically finds wireless charging stations. When instructed, the vehicle then proceeds to drive on its own to an available charging station and charges wirelessly via magnetic induction, before navigating to another vacant parking spot so that other EVs have access to the charging station.
Once the driver is ready to go, the car autonomously returns to his / her location. Watch it in action…
Hyundai and Kia hope that their new Automated Valet Parking System will alleviate crowding at charging stations once electric cars gain prominence. But despite combining several technologies that are already under development, it isn’t expected to be ready until 2025.
Hyundai Delivers Its First Nexo Fuel Cell Vehicle
The promising hydrogen-powered SUV is off to the races!
Hyundai is celebrating the delivery of the first Nexo, the first mass-produced fuel cell SUV for North America.
The car went to Todd Hochrad of Ventura, California, a former scientist and eco car enthusiast who purchased his first hybrid car back in 2003 and has since owned various hybrid and pure electric models.
The Nexo offers an impressive driving range of up to 380 miles (612 km). For the 2019 model year, is available in two trim levels, Blue or Limited. The Blue trim level can be leased for $399, while the Limited trim level is priced at $449 for 36 months.
You can own one outright for $59,345 before any government credits and other such incentives.
The Nexo comes with the first year of maintenance for free and is eligible for a California tax credit up to $5,000. Hyundai also gives buyers hydrogen fueling cards that cover the fueling costs for the first three years.
Hyundai Elantra Owner Drives 1 Million Miles With Original Powertrain
Hyundai was so impressed they gave her a new car.
Hyundai doesn’t usually give out free cars, so you can bet Farrah Haines earned the brand new 2019 Elantra the Korean automaker gifted her.
Haines is a delivery driver in Kansas who drives about 200,000 miles a year delivering auto parts and other products. She managed to clock one million miles on her 2013 Elantra without swapping out the original powertrain, an impressive feat for any make of car.
“My Hyundai has been a great car to me,” Haines said in a statement. “I love to drive and have made a successful career out of it, so it was no surprise that I was able to get to a million miles.”
“This is not only a milestone for Farrah, but also for Hyundai and the quality of our vehicles,” a congratulatory Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America, stated. “Reaching one million miles with the original powertrain in just five years is an extremely rare and incredible achievement. We created the 1 Million Mile Emblem because we believe in making things better for our loyal customers and look forward to other Hyundai drivers joining Farrah in the one million mile club.”
We wish Haines another one million miles in her new Elantra.
Hyundai Invests $6.7 Billion In Hydrogen Vehicles
The Korean automaker envisions a “hydrogen society.”
While most automakers are focused on getting the most all-around performance out of electric vehicles, Hyundai still sees a future for fuel cell vehicles, so much so that it plans to invest at least $6.7 billion to bring a range of new fuel cell vehicles to market by 2030.
The massive investment is part of the company’s long-term roadmap ‘FCEV Vision 2030’ plan, which will see it produce 700,000 fuel cell systems a year. Half million of those hydrogen powertrains will be used for vehicles, while the remain 200,000 systems will be used for drones, ships, locomotives, forklifts, power generation or other purposes.
Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, stated:
“We will expand our role beyond the automotive transportation sector and play a pivotal role in global society’s transition to clean energy by helping make hydrogen an economically viable energy source. We are confident that hydrogen power will transcend the transportation sector and become a leading global economic success.”
Sales of fuel-cell vehicles have failed to gain traction in recent years despite the availability of several models, including Hyundai’s very own Nexo crossover. Lack of infrastructure — hydrogen stations are a lot more expensive to build compared that EV charging stations — is viewed as one of the largest factors holding back growth of the segment. In the United States, there are only a few places to fill up, and only in a handful of cities in the state of California.
The fact that EVs continue to narrow the gap in terms of recharge time versus hydrogen refueling time also erodes the clear advantage of hydrogen over battery power.
It remains to be seen if FCEVs will be as popular as conventional electric cars, but Hyundai believes it has the capabilities to overcome any challenges and competitive threats. FCEV sales are foretasted to reach two million units annually by 2030.