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INEOS to use Hyundai hydrogen fuel cells in Grenadier off roader



The long awaited Grenadier, brainchild of INEOS founder Sir Jim Ratcliffe and designed as a reimagining of / competitor to the Land Rover Discovery, is to be available with a hydrogen-powered engine thanks to a deal confirmed between the global chemicals giant and Hyundai. 

(Image via INEOS)

The two companies will work together on the development of hydrogen fuel cells suited for powering the Grenadier, allowing the car to meet emissions targets in line with the UK’s upcoming ban on fossil-fueled vehicles, without sacrificing off-road capability. 

Ratcliffe’s vision has long been for the Grenadier to perform exceptionally in all conditions, but the company believe that battery electric power will hinder it, particularly in rugged areas with low electricity supply. Therefore they are following a trend that many are seeing as the future of vehicle power, and putting their money in hydrogen development. 

(Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell - image via Hyundai)

Hydrogen has been proved to be an extremely efficient fuel and produces no emissions other than clean water. It has a higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries, which makes it suitable for use in larger vehicles, including trains and buses. Many believe it is also an excellent solution for future cars. However the difficulty with it is actually producing the hydrogen to begin with as well as storing it safely. Different schools of thought have different opinions on this, but for now it appears that INEOS are comfortable putting hydrogen above lithium ion batteries for their first car. 

The Hyundai-INEOS deal is expected to be completed within the next few weeks. The Grenadier is expected to go into production next year, with both a petrol-powered version and the hydrogen powered version expected to be available. 

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