CES - Hyundai's latest FCV full of innovations

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2018

One of 34 products to be recognized out of the tens of thousands displayed at this year's CES, the award stems from the NEXO for its potential to help the hydrogen-powered vehicle space grow and its 370-mile range, along with the fact that its only tailpipe emission is water.

Hyundai also announced plans to collaborate with start-up Aurora, founded by self-driving auto superstars from Google, Tesla and Uber, on commercializing completely automated driving. But Nexo, the technology Trojan horse, well that perspective of the same vehicle packs in a slew of innovations sure to be found across amber fields and mountains majesty.

Hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is now spartan in Australia, with only one station based at HMCA's headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney, which was built for the single imported ix35 Fuel Cell.

In 2016, Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) inked a deal with the ACT government to supply 20 examples of the Nexo as part of the Hornsdale Wind Farm project.

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Hyundai also showed a new blind-spot-monitoring system that displays a view of the car's perimeter on the center cluster, and a remote parking feature that also retrieves the vehicle.

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. Hyundai previewed the model with the FE Fuel Cell concept at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, and thankfully the production version keeps numerous concept's futuristic lines. Thus making the vehicle design lighter while giving the hydrogen fuel tank a more strategic layout. Fuel cells and their fast refilling times may also be more suited to self-driving cars, which will likely be racking up much higher miles than cars today since they'll be able to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Hyundai has said that it plans to sell the Nexo in California later this year; a seemingly bold move to compete with battery-powered e-vehicles in the region. Primarily, the low number of hydrogen stations would create hassles during fueling the vehicle.

We only know that the 1st market will be American.

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