Hot on the heels of its Kona Electric, Hyundai has quickly launched NEXO, a new, hydrogen-powered SUV you can buy right now.
It’s the latest of several generations of hydrogen fuel cell Hyundais. The NEXO’s fuel cell electric powertrain offers the latest in fuel cell electric vehicle technology, with increased performance over its ix35 Fuel Cell predecessor. The onboard electric motor produces 163PS by drawing power from an under-bonnet fuel cell stack. The fuel cell stack combines oxygen from the surrounding air with hydrogen from NEXO’s high-pressure storage tanks.
The result is that the NEXO is able to generate enough electricity to power the motor and charge the battery while only producing water vapour from the process, which harmlessly exits through the exhaust. With full tanks of hydrogen on board, NEXO is capable of travelling 414 miles (WLTP), before being able to refuel in just a few minutes.
Outside of its environmentally friendly powertrain, NEXO also has an advanced air purification system which filters 99.9% of very fine dust (PM2.5). The vehicle shows the exact amount of air purified on the display panel in the car. NEXO has also been independently awarded the UL Bio Environmental Seal for the use of bio fibres from sugarcane waste and vegetable plasticisers in the headliner and carpet areas, bioplastics from sugarcane and corn waste in the door, seat, pillar and console trims and bio paint extracted from rapeseed and soybean oils for the dashboard and centre console.