Hyundai has been trying to put more efforts into hydrogen fuel cell development. One of the clearest evidence of this is that the fuel-cell crossover Hyundai Nexo has been revealed so far at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In spite of sharing the shapes and styling cues with the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, the Nexo promises to be far better: more efficient, reliable and especially, it features better range than its big brother.
The Hyundai Nexo has been revealed so far at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
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Thanks to the new platform, the Hyundai Nexo has got better packaging for the hydrogen fuel tank. Accordingly, that tank is able to hold 6.3 kilograms of hydrogen over 5.6 kilograms of the Tucson’s. As a result, its driving range is extended to 560 km comparable to the Tucson’s 425 km. As well as that, the fuel cell stack is capable of dishing out up to 130 PS. Besides, it is mated to a 54-PS lithium ion-powered electric motor, increasing the total output to 184 PS. When running at 163 PS and 395 Nm, the fuel-cell crossover can accelerate from the stand still to 96 km/h within 9.9 seconds versus 12.5 seconds of the Tucson FCEV.
Thanks to the new platform, the Hyundai Nexo has got better packaging for the hydrogen fuel tank
Additionally, Hyundai also focuses on the Nexo’s durability. As claimed by Hyundai, their engineers have been tested to the equivalent of 10-year/160,000-km life span. And, it would take about 240,000 km before the fuel-cell system degenerates. However, it is expected to last as long as any other mills.
Hyundai also focuses on the Nexo’s durability
For now, it’s still unclear how and when Hyundai will commercialize the Hyundai Nexo. All we have known up to now is that the Tucson FCEV was solely available as a lease in California.