Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Hyundai Shows Off New Fuel Cell Vehicle At CES

Hyundai Shows Off New Fuel Cell Vehicle At CES

Hyundai has announced that its fuel-cell powered SUV, first shown in August, will be dubbed Nexo, and that it will feature advanced driver assist technologies.

According to Hyundai, Nexo was built from the ground up with a fuel cell in mind. The decision to go with a bespoke platform meant the engineers were able to optimize weight and packaging. It's still hardly what you'd call exciting. The new model will have an estimated range of 500 miles - about 135 miles more than its predecessor. That compares with the 312 miles of the Toyota Mirai, the 365 miles of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and the 265 miles of the Tucson Fuel Cell.

While extreme weather can be a stumbling block for fuel-cell-powered vehicles, the Nexo is capable of starting within 30 seconds after being exposed to temperatures of -29 degrees Celsius, and can cool itself when temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Another system is a self-driving system for single lanes. LFA automatically adjusts steering to help keep the auto centred in its lane at speeds between 0 and 90 miles per hour on both highways and city streets. A third system is a blind spot monitor that shows the driver in the main instrument cluster the rear and side views of the vehicle.

Hyundai remains quiet on pricing information and availability.

The driving force of the new crossover was the installation of hydrogen fuel cells that has gone through processing. "Hydrogen energy is key to moving toward a more sustainable society and Hyundai is proud to be leading the charge in bringing the technology to a wider audience".

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For years, a number of auto manufacturers have been pushing fuel cell e-vehicles in the mainstream market.

"NEXO embodies everything we have learned in five years of the Tucson fuel-cell vehicle", Ki-Sang Lee went on to say.

To promote its efforts in self-driving technology, Hyundai has formed a partnership with Silicon Valley startup Aurora Innovation, headed by former Google auto executive Chris Urmson, who appeared at the media event.

It is also equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for safe driving. For more coverage on the show, head to our dedicated hub.

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