Sales of the Hyundai Nexo, which debuted in India at Auto Expo 2020, have exceeded 10,000 units in South Korea. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle was launched in the brand’s homeland in March 2018.
From the sales records up to 28 October 2020, Hyundai notes that 88.3% of Hyundai Nexo customers are individuals. Corporate customers have a share of 10.9%. The fact that individual customers are making up most sales should instil confidence in the management that the Nexo has the potential as a mainstream product. Most Hyundai Nexo customers in South Korea are in their 40s (28.9%) and 50s (26.2%).
The Hyundai Nexo is the first dedicated fuel cell electric vehicle from Hyundai. It is a zero emission vehicle (emits only water), with range & refuelling time comparable to conventional vehicles (Internal combustion engine). The Nexo is an important vehicle in a 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 95 kW fuel cell stack and 40 kW Lithium-ion battery with a total output of 135 kW and 395 Nm torque. The car accelerates 0-100 km/h in 9.2 sec and has a top speed of 179 km/h
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. A large LCD display comprising a 7” instrument cluster and 12.3” infotainment/navigation display dominate the dashboard. 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%, says Hyundai.
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 and 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 basic network of Hydrogen filling stations, the launch would become meaningless.
What is the Hyundai Nexo India launch date?
Hyundai will introduce the Nexo when a skeletal Hydrogen station infrastructure is ready in the country.