The Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen fuel cell powered crossover SUV[2] that was revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on January 8, 2018.[3] Set to replace the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, the Nexo will be the flagship for Hyundai's eco car portfolio. Hyundai plans to introduce up to 18 eco cars in the global markets by 2025.

Hyundai Nexo
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Overview
Typefuel cell SUV
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Production2018–present
Model years2019–present
Body and chassis
Body styleSUV
Doors5
Powertrain
Electric motor120 kW (163.2 PS) / 395 N⋅m (291.3 lb⋅ft)
Range
  • 354–380 mi (569.7–611.6 km) (EPA)[1]
  • 500 mi (804.7 km) (NEDC)
  • 156 (52*3) liters hydrogen tanks
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,790 mm (109.8 in)
Length4,670 mm (183.9 in)
Width1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height1,630 mm (64.2 in)
Curb weight1,814–1,873 kg (3,999–4,129 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorHyundai Tucson/ix35 FCV

The Hyundai Nexo Blue has an EPA rated range of 380 miles (611 km)[4] The Hyundai Nexo Limited has a driving range of 570 km[1] versus 470 km for the Tucson FCEV. The Nexo features three fuel tanks with a total capacity of 156 liters and 6.3 kg, versus 140 liters and 5.6 kg for the previous model.

Unlike the Tucson FCEV that used a heavily modified version of the Tucson's underpinnings, the Nexo uses a purpose-built platform from an FCEV standpoint. The benefits come in the form of a lighter construction, a more powerful drivetrain, and a higher driving range. The Nexo has a 163 PS, 400 Nm electric motor, versus 135 PS and 300 Nm for the Tucson FCEV.

Hyundai made the Nexo available for sale in certain markets early in 2018. First sales in USA occurred in early 2019,[5] limited to California.[6]

Assistance systemsEdit

The Nexo also gets Hyundai's new assistance systems like the blind spot view monitor, lane following assist, and highway driving assist. Using surround view monitors, the blind spot view monitor provides the driver with a clear view of both the sides and the back of the car to facilitate a safer lane change maneuver. Hyundai claims that it is the first carmaker to incorporate such a technology.

The lane follow assist, as the name suggests, helps the car maintain its lane autonomously by detecting lane markings or road edges and automatically giving mild steering inputs to be in the center of the lane.

The highway assistant monitors the driving environment using sensors and can automatically adjust the speed of the vehicle to maintain a safe drive. Hyundai has also incorporated a remote parking assistant in the Nexo, which can autonomously park and retrieve the vehicle.

 
Rear
 
Cockpit
 
Engine

Exterior designEdit

The Nexo also showcases an exterior design that has hints of the Kona to it, thanks to the horizontal daytime lamps stacked individually in line with the bonnet lip and a lighting cluster sitting adjacent to the grille. The Nexo is believed to be a precursor to the design that the next generation Tucson will wear.

Air purificationEdit

The Nexo is fitted with an advanced air purification system that removes 99.9% of the damaging PM2.5 fine particulate matter from polluted air using a three-step filtration process.[7]

FuelEdit

In a 2018 trial, researchers at CSIRO in Australia successfully refuelled a Nexo with hydrogen separated from ammonia using a membrane technology. [8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Compare Fuel Cell Vehicles". www.fueleconomy.gov.
  2. ^ Thomas, Craig (12 March 2018). "Hyundai Nexo: the SUV that could make the market for hydrogen-powered cars really take off". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ Smith, Luke John (9 January 2018). "Hyundai Nexo - New 500-mile Fuel Cell EV car revealed at CES 2018". Daily Express.
  4. ^ "2019 Hyundai Nexo: first drive of 380-mile fuel-cell crossover utility". Green Car Reports. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  5. ^ Halvorson, Bengt (3 January 2019). "Hyundai sets lease terms for Nexo fuel-cell vehicle, makes first delivery". Green Car Reports.
  6. ^ Smith, Christopher (9 October 2019). "See Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai Nexo Survive Its First Crash Test". Motor1.com.
  7. ^ Schmidt, Bridie (2 November 2018). "Zero emissions Hyundai NEXO vacuum-cleans dirty air as you drive". The Driven.
  8. ^ Mealey, Rachel. ”Automotive hydrogen membranes-huge breakthrough for cars", ABC, August 8, 2018

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