NEXO: The Next-Generation Fuel Cell Vehicle From Hyundai
- Hyundai names technological flagship fuel cell vehicle NEXO
- New ADAS technologies revealed including self-parking and Lane following features
Hyundai Motor announced that NEXO will be the name of its all-new, dedicated Fuel Cell EV during a press conference at CES 2018, and disclosed Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that expand its autonomous driving potential. NEXO is the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio and marks Hyundai’s continued momentum toward having the industry’s most diverse CUV powertrain lineup.
The NEXO model will spearhead Hyundai Motor’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s renewed goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025. This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor towards realising the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles.
Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM)
Hyundai’s Blind-spot View Monitor is an industry-first technology. It shows drivers on a center cluster screen the rear and side views of NEXO using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The system uses wide angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror. Hyundai is the first automaker to provide drivers video footage from both sides of the vehicle.
Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
Lane Following Assist is an all-new technology for Hyundai and it debuts in the NEXO. LFA automatically adjusts steering to help keep NEXO centered in its lane of travel. LFA can keep NEXO centred at speeds between 0 and 90 miles per hour on both highways and city streets. When paired with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) which utilizes sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments, drivers will be able to traverse long distances with greater ease and improved safety.
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
RSPA enables NEXO to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. The RSPA system can even back a NEXO into a parking spot by itself with a touch of a button from the driver. When faced with any challenging parking scenario, NEXO drivers will be able to park with complete confidence and accuracy.
“Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society. Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with the introduction of the ix35 Fuel Cell,” said Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman, Hyundai Motor Company. “I am so proud to introduce to you our second-generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle which is a culmination of our cutting-edge technologies.”
NEXO is Hyundai’s second-generation of commercialised fuel cell electric vehicle that will be available in select markets around the world starting in early 2018. Improving upon the acclaimed ix35 FCEV, the NEXO has an estimated driving range of 500 miles (NEDC) – 134 miles more than its predecessor. Acceleration and power have increased to improve the overall performance.
Designed to handle extreme temperature and environments, the NEXO testing has proven that the vehicle is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit. NEXO boasts cold start capability within 30 seconds which is an industry-leading achievement and the fuel cell system warms up faster for maximum performance. The NEXO also has excellent cooling performance on steep grades with temperatures exceeding 120 degree Fahrenheit.
Improvements in the air supply system, performance at high altitudes and refueling times, along with overall efficiency and fuel economy put the NEXO in a class all its own. In addition the NEXO has improved power density and durability comparable with petrol-powered vehicles.
For the first time, Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle is built with a dedicated vehicle architecture. This architecture has many benefits including:
- Lighter weight
- Improved power-to-weight ratio
- Faster acceleration from 0 to 60 mph than the ix35 fuel cell
- More cabin space
- Allows the battery to be relocated to the trunk
- Improved fuel cell system layout
NEXO vs. ix35 Fuel Cell System Architecture
- NEXO’s fuel cell stack and battery have more net power to supply a more powerful motor
- NEXO’s powertrain is lighter and has improved packaging
- Improved hydrogen storage tanks
- NEXO’s powertrain is lighter and takes up less space compared with the ix35 Fuel Cell
- More efficient
- Better module integration
- Peak acceleration is increased by 25 percent compared with the ix35 Fuel Cell
- NEXO accelerates from 0 to 60 mph 20 percent faster than the ix35 Fuel Cell
- NEXO has more torque than the ix35 Fuel Cell
- NEXO has 30 per cent more range than the ix35 Fuel Cell
- NEXO has an estimated range of 500 miles compared with the ix35 Fuel Cell 369 miles
Quiet and Comfortable Driving Characteristics
- NEXO maintains the quiet and comfortable driving characteristics of the ix35 Fuel Cell
- All of the NEXO’s moving parts are inside the engine bay which isolates the noise to one area
- NEXO has the same level of durability as internal combustion engine vehicles
- NEXO’s storage system is lighter than the ix35 Fuel Cell
- NEXO’s storage system has world-class storage density
- NEXO can be refueled within five minutes
|NEXO||Ix35 Fuel Cell|
Fuel Cell : 95kW
Fuel Cell : 100kW
Battery : 24kW
291 lb.-ft. of torque
221 lb.-ft. of torque
|0 to 60 mph||9.5 seconds||12.5 seconds|
|Range||500 estimated NEDC||369 miles|
＊ All NEXO specification and technologies mentioned above may vary according markets
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2017 sold about 4.7 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.
About Hyundai Motor UK
Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 21st to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold a record 93,502 vehicles. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers a full range of vehicles such as the award-winning i10 city car, the zero emission IONIQ Electric, and the capable Santa Fe SUV. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at www.hyundai.co.uk.