Hyundai Nexo, the first dedicated fuel cell electric vehicle from Hyundai, has been displayed at the Auto Expo 2020. It is a Zero emission vehicle (emits only water), with range & refueling time comparable to conventional vehicles (Internal combustion engine). The NEXO is an important vehicle in generic sense as its range, performance and fueling time are comparable to conventional vehicles. It takes 5 mins to fill the hydrogen tanks and has a range of 600 km/fill.
The Nexo is powered by a 95kW fuel cell stack and 40 kW Lithium ion battery with a total output of 135 kW and 395 Nm torque. The car accelerates 0-100kmph in 9.2 sec with top speed of 179 Kmph
The design is highly aerodynamic to reduce drag & improve efficiency/range. The exterior is characterized by a large grill (some similarities to the Lexus grill) at the front. The flush door handles keep the sides neat while the rear is of a contemporary SUV/crossover. The clean exterior is complete with aerodynamic elements like air tunnels & hidden wipers.
The interior is characterized by a two spoke steering wheel and large central console. The dashboard comprises a large LCD display comprising a 7” instrument cluster and 12.3” infotainment/navigation display. Two interior trim options are available – two-tone Stone & Shell Grey or one-tone Meteor Blue. The use of UL certified bio-materials improves the CO2 balance of Nexo by 20%.
In addition to standard convenience & safety features such as 6 airbags, powered tailgate, heated / ventilated seats, wireless mobile charging, the car is loaded with futuristic technology & safety features such as Blind spot view monitor (first in industry technology), Lane follow assist & Highway drive assist, Remote smart parking assist, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, static low beam assist, driver attention warning, blind spot collision warning, rear cross traffic collision warning.
Hyundai has confirmed that it is studying the feasibility of introducing the Nexo in India, but with the lack of a skeletal network of Hydrogen filling stations, the launch would be meaningless.