The Hyundai Nexo is the first attempt by the company at a mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle that shares the same DNA with the 2018 Tucson compact SUV.
It sits on such a platform that allows for the powertrain and fuel tanks to be better packaged, along with a reduction in weight. This; however, enables more passenger space, better aerodynamics and improved acceleration and efficiency.
Due to Hyundai’s officials, the Nexo has a 20 percent better 0-60 mph time in addition to a top speed that’s 25 percent higher than the old car. Whereas that 0-60 time is down to 9.5 seconds and well off that of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell’s—it’s, at least, in the ballpark of something like a Toyota Prius. However, that level of performance tolerates for a distance of 370 miles before it needs to be refilled at a hydrogen filling station.
Hyundai is relying on the Nexo to launching some of their new driver assistance technologies. The Remote Smart Parking Assistant enables drivers to park their vehicle by pressing a button in the car or through an app, with the Nexo moving autonomously for a limited distance. Companies such as BMW and Tesla have marketed similar technology.
The Nexo presents a lane following system and Highway Driving Assistant to a Hyundai model, allowing the vehicle to stay centered in its path at up to 90 mph without the need to follow another car. The driving assistant, too, uses sensors and map data to fine-tune speed if necessary automatically. But for actively changing lanes or parking, a wide-angle camera for the blind spot monitor covers areas not seen by traditional mirrors.
Hyundai previously marketed the Tucson FCEV in California, and the related ix35 Fuel Cell in 11 European countries, Australia and South Korea. Expect similar availability for the Nexo, although car companies marketing fuel cell vehicles are pushing for more filling stations in more markets. It is meant to be in a more attractive proposition to rivaling Honda and Toyota fuel cell sedans because its SUV shape offers more practicality and a style many new car shoppers are looking for.
Like many automakers, Hyundai is exploring many options as internal combustion engines face an uncertain future. Thus, this desire by Hyundai was already kicked off by the Ioniq line of plug-ins and hybrids.
The prices related to the car haven’t been disclosed yet, but will likely be revealed in a while and before the car goes on sale later this year.