Hyundai reveals nexo fuel cell-powered SUV

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Hyundai Motor said that Nexo will be the name of its all-new, keen Fuel Cell EV during a press conference at CES 2018, and revealed Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that enlarge its autonomous driving potential. Nexo is the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio and marks Hyundai’s continued thrust toward having the industry’s most diverse CUV powertrain lineup. The Nexo model will spearhead Hyundai’s plan to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with its renewed goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025. Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Company said, “Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more maintainable society. We have already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with introduction of Tucson fuel cell. Yet as another result of this earth-saving effort, today, I am so proud to introduce to you our second-generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle which is a culmination of our cutting-edge technologies.”

Nexo FCEV is Hyundai’s 2nd gen of commercialized fuel cell electric vehicle that will be available in select markets around the world starting in early 2018. Improving upon the Tucson FCEV, the Nexo has an estimated driving range of 370 miles, 105 more than its predecessor. Acceleration and power have increased to improve the overall performance. Moreover, the Nexo testing has proven that the vehicle is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -28 degree Celsius. The Nexo also has excellent cooling performance on steep grades with temperatures exceeding 48 degree Celsius. In addition, the Nexo has improved power density and durability comparable with diesel-powered vehicles.

Some of the features that come with the Hyundai Nexo are Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM), which shows drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of Nexo using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The Lane Following Assist (LFA) automatically regulates steering to help keep the Nexo centered in its lane of travel. The Nexo also gets Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), which enable Nexo to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. According to the business, the battery system of the Nexo is rated at a total of 135 kilowatts, while the bigger electric motor allowed by the new system puts out 120 kW and 394 NM of torque, up from 100 and 221, respectively. Moreover, the result is 25 percent better peak acceleration and a 0 to 100-kmph time for the Nexo of 9.5 seconds, besting the Tucson’s 12.5-seconds. The Nexo is Hyundai’s second-generation of commercialized fuel cell electric vehicle that will be available in select markets around the world starting in early 2018.