Hyundai NEXO, the hydrogen-powered SUV, reaches a record figure in terms of units distributed, exceeding 1,000 registrations since the start of its production in 2018. NEXO is the second generation of the brand’s fuel cell SUV, after the ix35 Fuel Cell.
The NEXO SUV reinforces Hyundai’s long-term commitment to cleaner mobility, emits only water vapor, produced by the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, which generates electricity. The range offered by the Hyundai NEXO hydrogen model reaches 666 km (WLTP), the refueling time is less than 5 minutes.
The company invested in fuel cell technology over two decades prior to the launch of NEXO. Hyundai’s fuel cell system can thus leverage years of experience with the aim of bringing FCEV models to market. In the early 2000s, the company brought its first fuel cell electric vehicle to market, the Santa Fe FCEV prototype. Hyundai was the first player in the automotive sector to market hydrogen and mass-produce a fuel cell car, launching the ix35 Fuel Cell in 2013, later used by the Carabinieri. Five years later, the NEXO SUV arrived.
Hyundai launched XCIENT Fuel Cell on the Swiss market last year, the first mass-produced fuel cell electric truck to the world. As of July 2021, the fleet consisted of nearly 50 units. The company also delivered his autobus Elec City Fuel Cell to two operators in Munich, the vehicle runs on hydrogen and is now being tested in Europe.
Hyundai Motor Group has revealed its fuel cell roadmap for the next few years. The company is currently developing its third generation fuel cell stack, which will replace the one currently used on NEXO, and has revealed an innovative ‘Full Flat System’ fuel cell system, which has potential applications for PBVs, MPVs, buses and trams. The brand’s expectation is to sell more than 110,000 passenger and commercial FCEVs annually worldwide by 2025 and deploy hydrogen by 2040, with a new range of products and technologies.
By 2028 the Group plans to become the first automotive manufacturer to electrify all its commercial vehicle models, both with fuel cell systems and with battery electric powertrains. Two years later, Hyundai wants to make hydrogen-powered models available at a price comparable to battery-electric ones.
Source: Virgilio Motori by motori.virgilio.it.
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