Hyundai's hydrogen-powered NEXO EV boasts fast refueling, 370-mile range

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It'll also feature Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Hyundai's brand of semi-autonomous driving aids.

The fuel cell stack - used to convert hydrogen into electricity - is also smaller, with all moving parts (drive motor and cooling components) now located in the traditional place, under the hood. It keeps some Hyundai cues, such as the same ultra-slim daytime running lights as the recently launched Kona baby SUV, but features a more complex front grille that's created to reflect the fact that there's not a combustion engine under the bonnet.

Regardless of where the self-driving tech is placed, fuel cell powered electric vehicles do have one advantage over EVs; they can be refueled in about five minutes just like a gas-powered auto. It was built from the ground up with fuel cell power in mind, allowing the design to be lighter and accommodate the hydrogen fuel tanks in a more strategic layout, and puts the battery in the trunk. Hyundai says that the NEXO boasts cold start capability within 30 seconds too, which it claims is a new industry standard for fuel cell vehicles. The electric motor delivers 120-kW (161-bhp) and 291 lb-ft (394 Nm) of torque, accounting for an increase of 20 kW and 70 lb-ft over the Tucson Fuel Cell. While that 0-60 time is down to 9.5 seconds and well off that of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell's, it's at least in the ballpark of something like a Toyota Prius.

The result in an SUV with 370 miles of range that can top off its fuel in just five minutes. The Nexo is about the length and width of the current Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, though not quite as tall. It also includes an exceptional video feed of rear blind spots. Anyway, changing lanes in NEXO will be a little easier thanks to the wide-angle cameras looking down each side of the vehicle. The automaker has partnered with self-driving tech company Aurora to develop Level 4 autonomous vehicles that can operate without human input or assume control under certain conditions.

Hyundai's hydrogen-powered NEXO EV boasts fast refueling, 370-mile range
Hyundai's hydrogen-powered NEXO EV boasts fast refueling, 370-mile range

The lane follow assist, as the name suggests, helps the auto maintain its lane autonomously by detecting lane markings or road edges and automatically giving mild steering inputs to be in the center of the lane. "Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with the introduction of Tucson fuel cells", Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Yang Woong-chul said in the statement.

Remote smart parking assist. This tech will drive the vehicle to and from its parking spot all by itself, at the push of a button.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.