• Hyundai’s First Dedicated Nexo FCV Platform Hits Las Vegas [News]

    On the streets of Las Vegas, Hyundai shows off its first dedicated hydrogen fuel cell platform with the Nexo FCV.

    Battery-powered cars have really started to take off in recent years. Tesla, a byword for electric vehicles, built a Supercharger network that now spans the country, with nearly 8,500 locations. Pretty much every manufacturer has jumped on the battery EV bandwagon. Within a decade or so, those manufacturers aim to comprise at least a quarter of total sales by electrified cars. And yet, for all the progress battery EVs have made, hydrogen-powered electric vehicles are largely absent from the landscape, by comparison.

    The world of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) is still small and low-volume, but Hyundai is still committed to the cause. Hyundai currently makes a fuel cell version of the Tucson compact crossover, and looks to replace it with this: the Hyundai Nexo.

    2018 Hyundai Nexo
    The Hyundai Nexo is part of the company’s plan to produce 18 new electrified models worldwide by 2025. [Photo: Hyundai]

    The details on Hyundai’s bigger FCV

    At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai finally dished out details on the Nexo FCV. Alongside the Ioniq and impending Kona EV, the Nexo will further expand Hyundai’s EV lineup. They’ve been in the hydrogen game for awhile, but this model will be their first dedicated fuel cell platform.

    The Nexo is bigger than the Tucson Fuel Cell it replaces. In fact, it’s 10.3 inches longer (183.9 inches), 1.5 inches wider (73.2 inches), and an inch lower (64.2 inches). The new model also has a larger battery pack than the outgoing Tucson Fuel Cell. The Nexo’s 40-kW battery pack and its 95-kW fuel cell pair to give the car an estimated 370 miles of range. That’s a remarkable improvement over the Tucson, and puts the Nexo on par with its gasoline-powered rivals. For those worried about reliability, Hyundai has tested the Nexo’s ability to start and operate in temperatures as low as -20° F and up to 120° F.

    Hyundai fitted the Nexo with a 161 horsepower electric motor that also generates 291 lb-ft of torque. That doesn’t make it a speed machine – the Nexo hits 60 from a stand-still in 9.5 seconds – but that’s enough grunt for the urban shuffle. As you’d expect, they’ve also thrown all the latest tech at the Nexo. You even get a remote park assist feature, that can park and beckon the car with or without its driver actually in the car.

    Hyundai Nexo FCV
    The Hyundai Nexo will only go on sale in California this year. [Photo: Hyundai]

    The Nexo FCV will go on sale this year…but only in California

    Here’s the rub. Hydrogen is, by the numbers, a feasible alternative to gasoline-powered cars. They’re also much more practical than battery-powered EVs, because they operate on the same principal as their fossil-fueled ancestors. You drive 370 miles, pull into a hydrogen fueling station, spend a few minutes filling up, and away you go to drive another 370 miles. However, the infrastructure limits where you can actually drive in your hydrogen-powered car.

    According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are 39 hydrogen stations in the entire United States – 35 of which are in California. Interestingly, if you live in South Carolina, Connecticut, or Massachusetts, you could feasibly own this car. However, if you’re anywhere else in the country, you’re out of luck for the time being.

    To that end, Hyundai is only selling this car in California, as that’s the only place with any real infrastructure to support FCVs. Hyundai hasn’t officially announced pricing, at time of writing.

    If you’re interested in a funky-looking Hyundai that you will be able to buy throughout the U.S., check out the new Kona. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for the latest videos on your favorite new models!


    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach is a writer and Managing Editor for TFLcar. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in hot hatchbacks and off-road rigs. Born and raised in Colorado, Zach holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Colorado State University, and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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    10 thoughts on “Hyundai’s First Dedicated Nexo FCV Platform Hits Las Vegas [News]

    1. “Battery-powered cars have really started to take off in recent years”.
      Have they though? 99.4% of vehicle buyers say otherwise…

      1. Jim Tesla has 8500 locations and almost all automakers claim EV cars are the future. Think about that for a minute. The dedication is there and being implemented for the very near now and for the future.

        1. I agree with you Rambro but the facts don’t lie about actual sales of EV’s. That is a positive however because car manufacturers need to sell lots of ice vehicles in order to support the R&D required for EV’s.

    2. I do not see how these companies can compete with Tesla. Tesla has a 5 second performance luxury car and the safest on the market which lowers insurance bills and it is cheaper to own and cheaper to own than a Honda Civic based on independent studies. Also where will people charge the Hyundai Nexo or get hydrogen? Tesla has superchargers everywhere, their cars are superior and with the model 3 introduction, cheaper and safer and you charge for free every where you go. The auto industry currently make EV cars look bad compared to Tesla. This is likely an expensive economy car and it is slow, Tesla is the exact opposite and they are both EV cars. Tesla is the only one that makes sense, especially now that they lowered the cost significantly.

      1. Absolutely Tesla had a head start on other manufacturers especially in the luxury Ev Market, that being said Tesla has a big problem – they don’t make any money. I’m not sure how long that is sustainable. Soon the Panasonic batteries that go into Tesla’s are going to be going in Toyotas then they are in big trouble.

        1. Jim, I believe Toyota owns 30% of Tesla, the only ones that had some brains in the industry to do so. I do not believe Toyota will harm Tesla. Toyota does not yet have a gigafactory to charge those batteries and they do not have the engineers and they do not have the world wide charging stalls that allow Tesla cars to travel anywhere in the US and re-charge in 5 to 50 minutes if you will. Toyota may need to partner further with Tesla in order to use their already built charging grid and their gigafactory. Tesla also has engineers with experience which takes time to find these people.

          Take note however, Tesla worth compared to how much they sell is off the charts compared to Toyota. Tesla is not making profits because he is constantly bettering his drive to the future of vehicles and well beyond the vehicle itself into home energy and space travel. His vehicles are a home run and the share holders know it. Just a matter of time before he wont be able to spend the profits fast enough vs manpower to build new infrastructure. At that point he will have no choice but to show profits. Right now he spends every penny he makes purposefully because he knows his shareholders are going nowhere anytime soon.

    3. To say Toyota doesn’t have the engineering experience…are you joking? You seem to be easily persuaded by the musk hype as lots are but typically those easily swayed don’t have a good understanding of the automotive industry and how fickle it is. Tesla needs to get its act together before anything in your above comment can happen especially major production issues quality issues and meeting a couple deadlines along the way would go a long way. When 700 employees got laid off for bad performance all the same time it speaks volume of how desperate the company really is. Let alone all the new ideas musk putting out to try to generate cash desperately. I really hope Tesla can be successful and their investors have given them a long rope but the fact Tesla is burning through cash like mad and rival car manufacturers are ramping up Ev’s knocking at the door soon.

      1. Jim Elon welcomes competition. His goal is to make something more exciting, he is desperately looking for challengers and Toyota ramping up is uplifting. Its like finally finding a good chess player who can improve your game because everyone is so inept your are bored to death playing with pansies.

        And yes Toyota has great engineers but they do not have the proper wings to develop EV vehicles that are as good as a Tesla. Nothing in their arsenal comes close to the performance, safety and luxury tech that Tesla offers. And they have no giga factory and they have no charging outlets. Tesla will outgrow Toyota’s worth and other experts in this game have said so.

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