The future depends on electric vehicles or some fancy futuristic technologies like hydrogen powertrains. Some car giants such as Tesla, Hyundai, Chevrolet and other large and innovative car manufacturers understand this and want to reduce their carbon footprint as quickly as possible. While most automakers are trying to offer buyers efficient EVs, some automakers are moving forward with powerful electric vehicles.
Last month, Hyundai unveiled two premium N-brand concepts, the RN22e and N Vision 74, which embody the South Korean automaker’s vision of electrification. The N Vision 74 is a tribute to the 1974 Hyundai Pony Concept and its designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. Although the concept did not exist in reality, Hyundai decided to revive the concept and give it another try with futuristic technology.
The N Vision is primarily based on the design of the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, but designers have added modern design elements with a streamlined design, sporty elements and parametric pixel lighting technology. While there are many things to talk about, let’s discuss the best feature of the N Vision 74 in detail.
The hydrogen hybrid powertrain of the Hyundai N Vision 74 is its specialty
Hyundai has been one of the most innovative automakers over the past decade and their Nexo is one of the most distinctive vehicles on the market. While other automakers are developing battery-powered electric EVs, Hyundai has added to its innovation by introducing a hydrogen hybrid powertrain, and we’ve been impressed with its outspoken approach.
The upcoming N Vision 74 will be powered by a hydrogen hybrid unit with the engine running on hydrogen and electricity. As per Hyundai’s press release, the N Vision 74 will be rear-wheel drive, unlike the RN22e, which is four-wheel drive. The N Vision 74 is powered by a single powerful permanent synchronous electric motor that can produce an insane 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of pure punch.
Hyundai has based the N Vision 74 on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which also underlies the Ioniq 6 and RN22e. The special EV platform allowed them to mount a flat 62.4 kWh battery and fuel tank that can carry about 9.25 pounds of hydrogen.
Hyundai N Vision 74: performance, mileage and charging
With a powerful electric motor that hums 670 horsepower, the N Vision 74 is sure to be a crazy machine and apparently the most powerful hydrogen car yet. Although we don’t know the exact acceleration figures, we expect it to reach 100 km/h in less than four seconds and cover the quarter mile in less than 10.5 seconds. According to Hyundai, it has a top speed of 255 mph, but we expect much higher.
Since the N Vision 74 is a hybrid car, it will undoubtedly do a lot of mileage. The car is equipped with a large fuel tank that can carry 9.25 pounds of hydrogen, which is equivalent to an 85-95 kW battery. In addition, a 62.4 kWh flat battery is mounted on the chassis and for charging it comes standard with a 400V charger, which reportedly takes about an hour to fully charge the battery. In addition, an 800V charger will be available. It only takes 5 minutes to fill up, and once done, the car can easily go up to 372 miles.
High performance includes heating and a gradual decline in performance. To ensure that there is good heat management and the powertrain does not overheat, Hyundai has equipped the engine with a “Racetrack Enhanced Cooling System”. This cooling system provides excellent cooling performance to keep the temperature of the battery, motor and other mechanical parts low to ensure unparalleled track performance.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 shows impressive driving dynamics
As Hyundai’s first hydrogen-powered sports car, the N Vision 74 has some serious driving characteristics. The N Vision 74s are based on the E-GMP platform, which is designed to support Hyundai’s electric vehicles. The EV-centered chassis helped engineers mount a specially designed flat battery to the chassis. This intelligent technology aids in good weight distribution from front to rear, lowering the center of gravity. This reduces understeer and improves overall handling.
While the N Vision 74 is a rear-wheel drive sports car, engineers have placed the electric motor in the front, the battery cells in the center and two hydrogen tanks in the rear. This design ensures good weight distribution and helps the car to maintain balance even at high speeds. To further reduce overall curb weight, engineers have carefully designed lightweight and strong 3D printed parts to reduce overall curb weight.
For a sportier and more balanced ride, the electric motor comes with e-TVTC (Electronic Torque Vectoring by Twin Clutch) technology to provide dynamic torque distribution in each rear wheel. This helps the driver with better stability when cornering and provides more confidence while driving. For responsive and robust braking, the wheels are mated to 15.7-inch high-performance ventilated disc brakes and four-piston monoblock calipers.
With all this, the upcoming Hyundai N Vision 74 will make a strong impression on the market. Its retro yet sporty and sleek styling, sports car-focused interior and strong and efficient hybrid powertrain are sure to entice a slew of buyers, and we expect Hyundai to give strong competition to other luxury EVs such as the Lucid Air, Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. As of now, Hyundai has not yet revealed the price and launch date of the N Vision 74. However, we expect the price to be north of $70,000.