After presenting its concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai Motor has officially unveiled its all-new Fuel Cell EV (FCEV) at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held at Las Vegas Convention Center.
Christened with the name of Nexo, this FCEV model is the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio and will spearhead the company’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles.
The Hyundai Nexo has been built as a dedicated fuel cell vehicle architecture. Unlike its predecessor, the ix35 FCEV, this second-generation of commercialized FCEV has an estimated driving range of 500 miles, which is 134 miles more than the ix35. Its acceleration and power have increased to improve the overall performance.
It has a 95 kW from the fuel cell itself and 40 kW from the battery, and also has a system output of 135 kW. Its electric motor produces 161 bhp and 395 Nm of torque, making the vehicle accelerate from zero to 100 kph in 9.5 seconds.
Designed to handle extreme temperature and environments, the NEXO testing has proven that the vehicle is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius. NEXO boasts cold start capability within 30 seconds which is an industry-leading achievement and the fuel cell system warms up faster for maximum performance. The NEXO also has excellent cooling performance on steep grades with temperatures exceeding 50 degree Celsius.
An industry-first technology, the Hyundai’s Blind-spot View Monitor shows the drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of the Nexo by using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The system uses wide angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror.
Debuting in the Nexo, the Lane Following Assist automatically adjusts steering to help keep the vehicle stay in its lane of travel. This feature keeps the Nexo centered at speeds between zero and 145 kph on both highways and streets. When paired with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) which utilizes sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments, drivers will be able to traverse long distances with greater ease and improved safety.
Meanwhile, the Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) enables Nexo to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. The RSPA system can even back the vehicle into a parking spot by itself with a touch of a button from the driver. When faced with any challenging parking scenario, drivers will be able to park the Nexo with complete confidence and accuracy.