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Hyundai has revealed Nexo fuel cell powered electric SUV at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Nexo is the latest cog in the wheel of the South Korean carmaker's plan to 18 new green vehicles by 2025 and will go on sale later this year.
The Hyundai Nexo's design looks rather in line with Hyundai's rather stylistic design language. While it borrows the Kona's slimline LED daytime running lights, the massive grille of the Nexo will remind those who view it about the fact that the SUV doesn't feature internal combustion under the bonnet. Another distinctive feature of the Nexo is the floating roof design.
The Nexo may be designed so that it fits in with other SUVs bearing the Hyundai badge, but it sits on a brand new platform that has been built from the ground up for fuel cell vehicles. The Nexo is 4,671mm long, 1,859mm wide and 1,630mm tall. The wheelbase of the Nexo is 2,789mm long.
The Nexo has a total system output of 135kW with the battery pushing out 40kW and the fuel cell itself kicking out 95kW. The Hyundai Nexo's electric motors produce 161bhp and 395Nm of torque. The Nexo electric SUV sprints from 0-60mph (0-96.5kph) in 9.5 seconds.
The Nexo's three hydrogen tanks hold a total of 156 litres of hydrogen at 700 bars of pressure. The Nexo returns a range of 370 miles (595.4km) on the EPA test cycle, and its hydrogen tanks can be refilled in just five minutes.
The Nexo will be the first Hyundai to feature a set of new features including semi-autonomous driving aids. The Hyundai Nexo features an industry first Blind-spot View Monitor which uses the central infotainment display to show drivers the rear and side views of NEXO using cameras and is activated while changing lanes.
The Nexo is the first Hyundai to boast of semi-autonomous driving aids. These include Lane Following Assist which adjusts the steering wheel of the SUV to keep it centred in a lane at speeds of up to 90mph (145kph).
Other driving aids include Highway Driving Assist which uses map data to keep the pace of the Nexo in line with the speed limit while the Remote Smart Parking Assist allows the SUV to park itself and be summoned from its parking spot.
The Nexo Fuel Cell SUV is the latest in Hyundai's push towards going green. Thanks to the fact that the Hyundai Nexo can recharge by refuelling its tanks with Hydrogen similar to current IC cars shows that battery tech is not the only way to go green.