- Hyundai Motor Company has taken a lead in hydrogen fuel cell technology with Santa Fe FCEV prototype almost a decade ago.
- The first mass-produced FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) was the ix35 launched in 2013.
- Hyundai NEXO is the second-generation FCEV that hit the markets in 2018.
- It has achieved incredible sales milestones in the USA, Europe and South Korea ever since.
Hyundai NEXO hydrogen car is the second-generation FCEV from the Korean auto giant. It has been actively investing in the development of green energy mobility solutions for over 2 decades now. After the ix35 FCEV in 2013, Hyundai entered the FCEV SUV space with the NEXO in 2018. The global sales in the January-October 2022 period of the NEXO FCEV stood at a whopping 9,591. In second place was Toyota Mirai with just 2,897 units sold.
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Hyundai NEXO Hydrogen Car – Specs
The NEXO comes with a 156.6-litre (6.33 kg) hydrogen fuel tank and a 1.56 kWh battery powering the permanent magnet motor to produce a total power and torque of 161 hp and 291 lb-ft (395 Nm) respectively. Power is sent to the front wheels via a single-speed reduction gearbox.
The output distribution of the fuel cell is 95 kW stack + 40 kW battery. This configuration offers a driving range of 380 miles (612 km) and can be refilled in just 5 minutes which is the main advantage over the standard EVs.
|Hyundai NEXO Hydrogen Car||Specs|
|Fuel Cell||135 kW (95 kW stack + 40 kW battery)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||156.6 litres (6.33 kg)|
|Range||380 miles (612 km)|
|Power||161 hp (120 kW)|
|Torque||395 Nm (291 lb-ft)|
|Transmission||Singe-Speed Reduction Gear|
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Being a compact FCEV SUV, the NEXO measures 4.67 m in length and has a wheelbase of 2.79 m. The cargo capacity is a handy 29.6 ft (485 litres).
|Length||4,671 mm (183.9 in)|
|Width (w/o mirrors)||1,859 mm (73.2 in)|
|Height||1,641 mm (64.6 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,789 mm (109.8 in)|
|Cargo Capacity||29.6 ft (485 litres)|
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Hyundai NEXO Hydrogen Car – Interior and Features
The Hyundai FCEV comes with a feature-laden cabin. This includes things like a 10.25-inch Digital Instrument Cluster, a 12.3-inch Touchscreen Infotainment Display, Navigation, Wireless Charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai’s Bluelink Connected Car Tech, Vegan H-Tex Upholstery, 8-way Powered Front Seat with Lumbar Support and Heating and Ventialtion, Krell Premium Audio Sustem, Dual Automatic Climate Control, Heated Steering Wheel, and more.
Safety and Price
In terms of safety, there are useful ADAS functions including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), LATCH Lower Anchors and Upper Tether Anchors, Regenerative Braking and more. The prices range from $60,135 US (for Blue trim) to $63,585 US (for Limited trim) (MSRP) in the USA.