Hyundai unveiled its all-new fuel cell EV (FCEV) SUV, the Nexo, which has an estimated range of 370 miles with a five minute fueling duration, and offers a host of new automated driving technologies.
The Nexo, which was unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will enter a market that includes other fuel cell vehicles such as the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and Toyota Mirai, the automaker announced. Additionally, the Nexo contains several new safety features from Hyundai, including Blind-spot View Monitor, which shows drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of Nexo using cameras while changing lanes in either direction; and Lane Following Assist, which help keeps Nexo centered in its lane of travel.
Other technological features for the Nexo include Remote Smart Parking Assist, which enables it to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car, and Highway Driving Assist, which utilizes sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments.
Nexo is Hyundai’s second-generation mass produced fuel cell electric vehicle, after Tucson FCEV, which the Nexo has 105 additional miles of range when compared, according to the automaker. The Nexo accelerates 20% faster than the Tucson FCEV, has 30% more range, more cabin space, a lighter weight, and improved hydrogen storage tanks, according to the automaker. NEXO’s powertrain is also lighter and takes up less space compared to the Tucson FCEV.
Further still, the Nexo is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit. It offers 291 lb.-ft of torque and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds.
The release of the Nexo is in line with Hyundai’s goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025, the automaker announced at CES.