The Hyundai NEXO made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The all-new, dedicated fuel cell EV serves as the Korean automaker’s technological flagship and will spearhead Hyundai’s plans to accelerate development of low-emission vehicles, which corresponds with its goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025. The company highlighted three advanced technological features found in the NEXO: blind-spot view monitor, lane following assist and highway driving assist, as well as remote smart parking assist.
Hyundai claims blind-spot view monitor is an industry-first technology, which shows drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of the crossover by using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The system utilizes wide angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas that normally can’t be seen by a traditional rearview mirror. The technology is similar to what is found in modern Honda vehicles on the passenger side, but Hyundai’s system is the first by an automaker that shows video footage from both sides.
Lane following assist also debuts in the NEXO, a technology that automatically adjusts steering to help keep the crossover centered in its lane of travel. According to Hyundai, the technology can keep the NEXO centered at speeds between 0 and 90 mph on both highways and city streets. When combined with Hyundai’s highway driving assist, drivers will be able to travel long distances with greater ease and improved safety.
Lastly, remote smart parking assist enables the crossover to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. The system can even back a NEXO into a parking spot by itself with a touch of a button from the driver.
As Hyundai’s second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, the NEXO will be available in select markets around the world starting early 2018. It offers an estimated driving range of 370 miles, which is 105 miles more than its predecessor, the Tucson FCEV. It’s also quite a bit faster than the Tucson, with the ability to go zero-to-60 mph in 9.5 seconds, compared to the Tucson’s 12.5-second sprint.
The model actually has several improvements over the Tucson, since it is Hyundai’s first fuel cell vehicle built with a dedicated vehicle architecture. Compared to the Tucson FCEV, the NEXO weighs less, offers more cargo space, features an improved fuel cell system layout, and has its battery relocated to the trunk. The crossover’s fuel cell system can be refueled within five minutes.
Pricing for the NEXO has not been announced.
“Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society. Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with introduction of Tucson fuel cell,” said Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Company. “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.”
Discuss this story on our Hyundai Forum