Hyundai Nexo

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Hyundai Nexo (FE)
Hyundai Nexo – f 16032019.jpg
Model years2019–present
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
DesignerYong Jun Heo[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-motor, front-wheel-drive
Electric motorFuel cell hydrogen-powered
Power output120 kW (163.2 PS)
  • 354–380 mi (569.7–611.6 km) (EPA)[2]
  • 500 mi (804.7 km) (NEDC)
  • 156 (3x52) liters hydrogen tanks
Wheelbase2,790 mm (109.8 in)
Length4,670 mm (183.9 in)
Width1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height1,630 mm (64.2 in)
Curb weight1,814–1,873 kg (3,999–4,129 lb)
PredecessorHyundai Tucson/ix35 FCV

The Hyundai Nexo (Korean: 현대 넥쏘, romanizedHyeondae Negso) is a hydrogen fuel cell powered crossover SUV[3] that was revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on January 8, 2018.[4][5] Replacing the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, the Nexo is the flagship for Hyundai's "eco car" portfolio.


Rear view

The Hyundai Nexo Blue has an EPA rated range of 380 miles (611 km).[6] The Nexo Limited has a driving range of 570 km[2] versus 470 km for the Tucson FCEV. The vehicle features three fuel tanks with a total capacity of 156 liters and 6.3 kg, versus 140 liters and 5.6 kg for the previous model.

Unlike the Tucson FCEV that used a heavily modified version of the Tucson's underpinnings, the Nexo uses a purpose-built platform from an FCEV standpoint. The benefits come in the form of a lighter construction, a more powerful drivetrain, and a higher driving range. The Nexo has a 163 PS, 400 Nm electric motor, versus 135 PS and 300 Nm for the Tucson FCEV.

The Nexo was released in South Korea in March 2018.[7] The Nexo fuel cell components came with a 10-year or 160,000km warranty.[7] In October 2020, South Korean sales exceeded 10,000 vehicles with 727 sold in 2018, 4,194 sold in 2019 and 5,097 sold up to October 2020.[8][9]

The first Nexo sold in the United States in December 2018.[10][11] The Nexo had earlier been unveiled to the media in October 2018 to be available only in California by the end of 2018.[12] The Nexo was released in the United Kingdom in March 2019.[13] The Nexo was released in Australia in March 2021 on special order for lease.[14][15]

Assistance systems[edit]


The Nexo also gets Hyundai's new assistance systems like the blind spot view monitor, lane following assist, and highway driving assist. Using surround view monitors, the blind spot view monitor provides the driver with a clear view of both the sides and the back of the car to facilitate a safer lane-change maneuver. Hyundai claims that it is the first carmaker to incorporate such technology.

The lane follow assist, as the name suggests, helps the car maintain its lane autonomously by detecting lane markings or road edges and automatically giving mild steering inputs to be in the center of the lane.

The highway assistant monitors the driving environment using sensors and can automatically adjust the speed of the vehicle to maintain a safe drive. Hyundai has also incorporated a remote parking assistant in the Nexo, which can autonomously park and retrieve the vehicle.

Air purification[edit]


The Nexo is fitted with an advanced air purification system that removes 99.9% of the damaging PM2.5 fine particulate matter from polluted air using a three-step filtration process.[16]


The fuel is hydrogen gas stored in pressurized tanks. It reacts with atmospheric oxygen to yield electrical energy and water.

In a 2018 trial, researchers at CSIRO in Australia successfully refuelled a Nexo with hydrogen separated from ammonia using a membrane technology.[17]


The Nexo was awarded 5 stars by Euro NCAP in 2018.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ US D854450, Heo, Yong Jun, "Automobile", published 2019-07-23, assigned to Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. 
  2. ^ a b "Compare Fuel Cell Vehicles".
  3. ^ Thomas, Craig (12 March 2018). "Hyundai Nexo: the SUV that could make the market for hydrogen-powered cars really take off". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ Smith, Luke John (9 January 2018). "Hyundai Nexo - New 500-mile Fuel Cell EV car revealed at CES 2018". Daily Express.
  5. ^ "NEXO: The Next-Generation Fuel Cell Vehicle From Hyundai". Hyundai News. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  6. ^ "2019 Hyundai Nexo: first drive of 380-mile fuel-cell crossover utility". Green Car Reports. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  7. ^ a b "Hyundai Begins Sales of NEXO Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Amid Wide Public Interest". Hyundai News (Press release). 27 March 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Popularizing FCEVs: NEXO Sales over 10,000 Units". Hyundai Motor Group (Press release). 20 November 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  9. ^ Jun-ho, Jung (17 August 2020). "Sales of hydrogen-powered car 'Nexo' surpass 700 units in July, posting over 10,000 units in cumulative sales". Korea IT Times. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Hyundai Delivers First 2019 NEXO Fuel Cell SUV". Hyundai News (Press release). 28 December 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  11. ^ Halvorson, Bengt (3 January 2019). "Hyundai sets lease terms for Nexo fuel-cell vehicle, makes first delivery". Green Car Reports. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  12. ^ "2019 Hyundai NEXO: The Next-Generation Fuel Cell SUV". Hyundai News (Press release). 12 October 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Hyundai Motor announces pricing for NEXO". Hyundai News. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  14. ^ "NEXO: Hyundai's hydrogen fuel-cell first". Hyundai Motor Company, Australia. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  15. ^ Bulmer, Ged (30 March 2021). "Hyundai wins race to launch Australia's first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle". RACQ. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  16. ^ Schmidt, Bridie (2 November 2018). "Zero emissions Hyundai NEXO vacuum-cleans dirty air as you drive". The Driven.
  17. ^ Mealey, Rachel. ”Automotive hydrogen membranes-huge breakthrough for cars", ABC, August 8, 2018
  18. ^ "Official Hyundai Nexo safety rating".

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