Hyundai Introduces New Fuel-Cell SUV

By on March 18, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Hyundai has a new, technologically advanced vehicle on the road—the 2019 NEXO with what it calls the industry’s most diverse SUV powertrain lineup. The NEXO also has the only mass-produced fuel-cell SUV for the U.S. market with an estimated range of 380 miles. It offers advanced driver assistance systems with remote smart parking and lane-following assist.

To achieve an ultra-rigid, lightweight structure, NEXO uses advanced high-strength steel (AHSS). AHSS also reduces cabin noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The fuel-cell vehicle is built with exclusive dedicated vehicle architecture. This architecture has many benefits including:
• Lighter weight
• Improved power-to-weight ratio
• Faster acceleration from 0 to 60 mph than the earlier Hyundai model, the Tucson FCEV
• Increased rear cargo volume of 29.6 cubic feet; 5.8 cubic feet more than the Tucson FCEV
• Allows battery to be relocated to the trunk
• Improved fuel-cell system layout with better space efficiency

It has powertrain improvements.
• NEXO’s powertrain is lighter and takes up less total space compared with the Tucson FCEV
• A more efficient fuel-cell stack
• Better module integration

NEXO Blue models have an estimated mpg of 65 city, 58 highway and 61 combined, while NEXO Limited models have an estimated mpg of 59 city, 54 highway and 57 combined. NEXO can be refueled in as little as five minutes.

NEXO uses a number of ecological materials, including soybean-oil based polyurethane paint, bamboo-thread-based bio fabric, bio-plastic extracted from sugar cane and bio-carpet extracted from sugar cane. Bio-based materials were applied to 47 different parts and reduced CO2 emissions by 26 pounds during the manufacturing process.