The Ineos Grenadier is a throwback to a earlier period of SUVs, when off-road functionality was a given—together with poor gas economic system. However the Grenadier might quickly get a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain from Hyundai.

On Monday, Ineos and Hyundai introduced a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on fuel-cell initiatives. The settlement contains plans for Ineos to judge Hyundai fuel-cell tech for attainable use within the Grenadier, an accompanying press launch stated.

Ineos is for essentially the most half a chemical firm, and a fuel-cell powertrain might tie the Grenadier again to its different ventures. The corporate stated it presently produces 300,000 tons of hydrogen per yr, largely as a byproduct of chemical manufacturing, including that it “not too long ago launched a brand new enterprise to develop and construct clear hydrogen capability throughout Europe.”

The Grenadier, in the meantime, is an off-road SUV impressed by the Land Rover Defender. To that finish, it makes use of old-school body-on-frame building and stable axles. It will likely be built at the former Smart factory in Hambach, France, which beforehand constructed electrical vehicles solely.

2021 Hyundai Nexo

2021 Hyundai Nexo

A hydrogen powertrain would doubtless be a hand-me-down of the most recent fuel-cell stack from the Hyundai Nexo crossover. The Nexo boasts 161 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, with an EPA-rated 380-mile vary. It is unclear if the less-aerodynamic (and certain heavier) Grenadier might match that vary determine, although.

Ineos beforehand introduced a lineup of BMW-sourced gasoline and diesel engines for the Grenadier. Whereas BMW has its personal fuel-cell growth program (run in partnership with Toyota), the automaker apparently is not able to share that expertise with different firms.

As of final yr, Hyundai was on observe to change into the world’s top seller of hydrogen cars, however that also means delivering solely a handful of vehicles yearly. Offering fuel-cell powertrains to different firms might assist Hyundai obtain greater manufacturing volumes, and push nearer to extra favorable economies of scale.

Hyundai plans to take fuel cells beyond vehicles, envisioning a “hydrogen economy” the place gas cells as pervasive as steam energy within the nineteenth century. Absolutely there may be room for a rugged fuel-cell SUV in these plans?