The Hyundai N Vision 74 ‘Rolling Lab’, a hybrid hydrogen powered concept EV, will likely enter a limited production run of 100 cars in 2026, according to the latest report from Korea’s ET News. The production version is rumoured to bump up power to 800 hp and offer a 400-500 km range.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 Rolling Lab has generated a lot of excitement since the concept was first unveiled in July of 2022, and it’s not hard to see why. Even aside from the fact that it’s an innovative, hydrogen fuel-cell powered EV, its retro yet sci-fi-esque looks alone have got enthusiasts clamouring for a production version. Well, if a new report from Korean outlet ET News is to be believed, the N Vision 74 is indeed going to enter ‘mass-production’, but for a run of just 100 cars, and that in 2026.
This is not the first time such rumours have circulated; in May of 2023, a similar report had emerged, only to be quashed a week later by Hyundai when confirmation was sought. This time, ET News claims that the news is confirmed, but sadly provides no specific sources. On the other hand, there has also been no denial from the company’s side so far.
What has been revealed is this: of the 100 cars that will be produced, only 70 will be sold; Hyundai will keep the remaining 30 for entering in races. The production model will supposedly differ from the original concept in that power has been bumped up from 680 hp to a staggering 800 hp, which will enable a 0-100 km/h time of just 3 seconds. Driving range, on the other hand, will be 400-500 km (~250-300 miles), instead of the original 600+ km.
The N Vision 74’s design is inspired by the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe, but that’s where the similarity ends. The “Rolling Lab” model was introduced as a proof-of-concept for a high-performance hydrogen-powered hybrid electric supercar. A 4.2 kg hydrogen fuel cell is used to charge its 62.4 kWh battery, which in turn drives the rear-wheel dual motors. It’s not clear how, if at all, the production version’s drivetrain will differ, but the hybrid fuel-cell setup will stay.
Hyundai’s commitment to hydrogen-powered vehicles is not in question. Its Nexo FCEV was the highest selling car in that category, with 10,700 units sold, and the company also has a fleet of its hydrogen-powered Xcient FCEV Class 8 trucks in operation in California.
Of course, pending definitive confirmation from Hyundai, this report should only be regarded as a rumour. Still, at the very least, it might give the executives at Hyundai a sense of the anticipation that such news generate and perhaps nudge them to prove them right.
Vishal Bhardwaj – Tech Writer – 101 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2023
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Vishal Bhardwaj, 2023-12-25 (Update: 2023-12-25)