The new concept of motor tech Hyundai Nexo with hydrogen-fuelled and eco-friendly car, filled with state-of-the-art tech. Its 95-kW fuel cell and 40-kW battery power an electric motor that makes 291 lb-ft of torque. Even though the border is slow (a claimed zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds), its expected range is an impressive 370 miles. Yet, the Nexo will be sold only in California when it launches in late 2018. Advanced features include advanced blind-spot monitoring, semi-autonomous assists, and remote parking.
Hyundai engaged a reasonably unconventional approach for the rollout of its fuel-cell SUV that will replace the current hydrogen-powered Tucson. The automaker first pulled the curtain off the new vehicle in mid-2017 without revealing full details. Now, during the tech circus known as CES (formerly called the Consumer Electronics Show), the Korean brand has spilled the specifics on the Nexo, which is what the new SUV will be called.
Hyundai’s long-term plan is to introduce 18 production hybrid, electric, or fuel-cell vehicles worldwide by 2025. The brand already deals hybrid styles of the Ioniq and Sonata, plus the Ioniq Electric, and has plans for an Ioniq plug-in hybrid as well as an electric version of its upcoming Kona subcompact crossover in the United States. With the Nexo, the brand will have its first dedicated fuel-cell platform.
The Nexo is 73.2 inches wide, 64.2 inches high, 183.9 inches long, and 10.3 inches longer, 1.5 inches wider, and 1.0 inch lower than the Tucson Fuel Cell. Its wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer as well. The battery pack in the Nexo is located in the trunk rather than the floor, where it sits in the Tucson. The Nexo’s fuel-cell hoard is smaller than the Tucson’s, but the complete raft delivers more total energy: a 95-kW fuel cell paired with a 40-kW battery pack against a 100-kW fuel cell and a 24-kW battery pack. The Nexo is good for an estimated 370 miles of range, a significant improvement over the Tucson’s 265 miles. Once the hydrogen tanks are empty, the Nexo can be refuelled in five minutes, according to Hyundai. The issue of finding a hydrogen station remains, however, as the supporting infrastructure is severely limited.
The battery pack and fuel cell work together to provender a 161-hp electric motor that produces 291 lb-ft of torque, up 27 horsepower and 70 lb-ft compared with the Tucson. Nobody is touting fuel-cell vehicles as speed machines, the Nexo included, although it’s claimed 9.5-second zero-to-60-mph time chops three seconds off the Tucson’s figure. Hyundai blunt on show that the new powertrain is smaller and lighter and that all of the moving parts are located in the engine bay to reduce noise in the cabin. The gears also have been boosted to handle temperatures as cold as 20 degrees below zero and as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Nexo boasts other advanced technology as well, including a new blind-spot-monitoring system that uses wide-angle cameras on both sides of the vehicle; it displays the view to the rear and edges on a display in the center cluster during lane changes. Semi-autonomous features include lane-following assist, which can center the vehicle in a lane at speeds up to 90 mph, and highway-driving assist, which can adjust speeds using mapping information. A remote park-assist feature is available to park and retrieve the car and can be operated with or without a driver on board.
Hyundai has yet to announce pricing. The Nexo will be released only in California, starting later this year.