Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hyundai Shows Next-gen Fuel Cell at CES

Hyundai Shows Next-gen Fuel Cell at CES

Hyundai, on Monday, introduced its new hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle called Nexo at the 201 Consumer Electronics Show.

Hyundai also used the CES to present some hydrogen-powered applications for the home as well as a next-generation vehicle interface.

Dubbed as NEXO, this vehicle picks up where the Tucson FCEV left off.

In addition, Hyundai will connect its progress on hydrogen-powered mobility to hydrogen-powered applications in the home via a section of the booth dedicated to the Hydrogen Life Vision.

Hyundai vice-chairman Yang Woong-chul said: "Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society".

Unlike the Tucson FCV launched five years ago, the Nexo is built with a dedicated vehicle architecture for lighter weight, improved power-to-weight ratio, faster acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour than the Tucson, more cabin space, battery relocation to the boot and an improved fuel cell system layout.


"The NEXO represents the culmination of cutting edge technology in the alternative fuel space and Hyundai's continued leadership not only in the hydrogen fuel space, but across the alternative fuel spectrum", said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

HyundaiA promotional image for the Hyundai Nexo FCV. Nexo features a voice command system, artificial intelligence, and can be switched into an autonomous vehicle. Thus making the auto design lighter while giving the hydrogen fuel tank a more strategic layout. The Tucson Fuel Cell is now offered at $499 per month on a 36-month lease (with $2,999 due up front), but this is only in a few select areas of California. It would be interesting to see the response of the competitors to this distinguished move by Hyundai.

"NEXO embodies everything we have learned in five years of the Tucson fuel-cell vehicle", Ki-Sang Lee went on to say.

The Nexo will be available in selected markets early this year - there's no word on pricing yet, or indeed if it will even come to the UK.

The Nexo is part of Hyundai's plan is to launch 18 production electric or fuel cell vehicles worldwide by 2025. Primarily, the low number of hydrogen stations would create hassles during fueling the vehicle. Let us know in the comment section below!

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