Pushing their efforts in creating a cleaner environment, Hyundai Motor officially introduces its second generation fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) named NEXO.
Set to replace the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, the company claims that the NEXO has greater aerodynamics, more cabin space, better efficiency, improved acceleration, and enhanced packaging than its predecessor.
“Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society. Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with introduction of Tucson fuel cell. Yet as another result of this earth-saving effort, today, I am so proud to introduce to you our second-generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle which is a culmination of our cutting-edge technologies.”
When it comes to driving capability, the NEXO executes a better performance compared to the Hyundai Tucson FCEV – the world’s first ever mass-produced FCEV. Moreover, it has a 595-km range, which is 169-km more than the Tucson. Not only that, this new fuel cell car can go from 0 to 97 km/h in 9.5 seconds and records a top speed that’s 25% higher than the latter.
NEXO is also said to be lighter, with fuel cell stack and battery that give more net power source to maximize the motor’s potential.
Hyundai also gets the opportunity to introduce the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) assimilated in the NEXO. For changing lanes, the Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) uses wide angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas while changing lanes in both directions.
Another cool thing about the NEXO? Well, it is integrated with Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), which allows the car to park or retrieve on its own, literally. By just pressing a button, this car can actually do the work without you inside it.
New in Hyundai’s technology is the Lane Following Assist (LFA) that automatically adjusts steering wheel to make sure that the vehicle is centered in its lane of travel. LFA can keep the NEXO centered at speeds between 0 and 145 km/h. Complementing this system is the Highway Driving Assist (HDA) that uses sensors and map data to adjust the speed of the vehicle to ensure safe driving.
The NEXO second-generation FCEV will be available in select markets around the world early this year. Moreover, Hyundai Motor Group aims to introduce 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025.