Hyundai Nexo Fuel-Cell Crossover Goes 350 Miles Per Tank

Wednesday, 10 Jan, 2018

Three new ballistic carbon-fiber-wrapped hydrogen storage tanks store 52.2 liters of hydrogen each and package more easily below the floor than did the Tucson's two tanks, sized for 37 and 103 liters.

"With exceptional efficiency, serene styling and uncompromised performance, out next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future", Lee Ki-sand, senior vice president of Hyundai's Eco Technology Center, said at the time.

Say hello to Nexo, Hyundai's newest attempt to make a more practical hydrogen fuel cell auto.

The new Nexo gets 370 miles on a charge and can be refilled in about five minutes. Details about the crossover SUV were revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show, underway now in Las Vegas.

Hyundai Nexo Fuel-Cell Crossover Goes 350 Miles Per Tank
Hyundai Nexo Fuel-Cell Crossover Goes 350 Miles Per Tank

In this photo taken January 8, 2017, and provided by Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun (R) and Aurora Innovation's CEO Chris Urmson shake hands beside the NEXO at CES 2018. The vehicle will take on 14 pounds of hydrogen, versus 12.4, and the storage system itself is 36 pounds lighter. Nexo generates a maximum power output of 120 kilowatts, comparable to that of internal combustion engines in the same SUV category.

It plans to do this despite what Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai R&D, says is a money-losing deal. "We share a common understanding that both of our experiences in self-driving and vehicle development would be the ideal match in realizing autonomous vehicles for commercialization in a timely manner". Another system is a self-driving system for single lanes. Most if not all of the big automakers stop by to hype their cred in autonomous technology for self-driving cars, future commitments to hybrid and electric cars, and smart tech integration like learning how to put Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice controls inside the vehicle. There is no word from Hyundai on price, but it could follow in the footsteps of the Tucson FCEV which was made available through a $499 per month lease agreement that included free hydrogen fuel.

It'll also feature Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Hyundai's brand of semi-autonomous driving aids.

Nexo came only seven years after Hyundai launched its first green auto, the Sonata Hybrid in the United States in 2011. Hyundai claims that it is the first carmaker to incorporate such a technology. While the design is modern and inspired by Hyundai's latest products such as the Kona (especially the bug-eyed face), it's the improved fuel cell powertrain that steals the show. "This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realising the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles".