The Hyundai Nexo was showcased in the Auto Expo 2020. It is a car that can run on hydrogen fuel cells and is sold in Korea as well as the US. The car comes loaded with features on the inside and is completely different from any other Hyundai that is sold. It seems that Hyundai is really serious about its green initiative. It launched the first electric SUV in India the Hyundai Kona which managed to gain success even though it cost more than 20 lakhs.
How it works
Hyundai put the workings of the engine on display so as to explain how this works. It works like a hybrid wherein there is an electric motor of about 1.6kw that initially powers the car after which the hydrogen cells take over. The hydrogen cells produce power via a chemical reaction that will take place in the engine bay. For this hydrogen needs to be stored in a high-pressure cylinder which is sort of like a CNG cylinder but smaller.
The Nexo gets three of these getting a power output of about 160bhp. When oxygen is fed into the motor, the chemical reaction produces chemical energy which is then converted into electrical energy. This is one of the cleanest forms of fuel as it only produces water vapour as a byproduct, and also it does not have any large batteries that may harm the environment when discarded.
Hyundai Nexo design
It looks like a crossover and has exterior characteristics of an electric car. At the front, it gets sleek led headlamps with an LED strip that runs across the front of the car adjoining the two headlamps. The car has a lot of triangular elements and the rear lights also get this design along with the from fog lamps. It is a bit bigger than the Hyundai Creta in size.
Features and safety
The interiors are high class with features such as flush door handles, 7-inch instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, two-spoke steering wheel, ventilated/heated front seats and Krell premium sound system are some of the key features of the Hyundai Nexo. On the safety front, this futuristic SUV offers Blind Spot View monitor, Lane Following Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Remote Parking Assist, and more.
Expected launch of the Nexo
The Nexo is expected to be launched next year in India. It will most probably be available only in Delhi when it is launched as an infrastructure to support this car is very important which also comes at a huge cost for the company.
Hyundai Nexo downsides
Hydrogen is very difficult to store in higher pressure and therefore cannot be made available in many places. Hydrogen even costs a fortune and to fill up the car it will cost around 20 thousand to fill up the tank. But Hyundai is said to offer the car with 3 years of free hydrogen. The range of the car is said to get around 800kms of range which is commendable.