Spend time with Hyundai’s fuel dungeon experts and, while many might disagree, we come divided assured that hydrogen and fuel cells will play a vast partial in a destiny of a cars.
The Koreans are ploughing on with a tech, however, and are putting ever-more appealing hydrogen-powered cars into production. The Nexo is a firm’s latest offering, and we came divided tender after an hour pushing a pre-production chronicle around London.
• Do hydrogen fuel dungeon cars have a future?
The Nexo follows a ix35 FCV, and Hyundai hopes that stability a SUV thesis will work in a favour. Filling it with a latest connectivity and unconstrained tech should help, too.
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As SUVs go, it’s a looker; with neat lines and pop-out doorway handles, attention-grabbing LED lighting and crafty aerodynamics all branch heads as we gathering around a city’s streets.
It’s even smarter inside, with a vast executive 12.3-inch infotainment shade and a seven-inch arrangement forward of a driver. There’s some cold lead switchgear on a floating centre console and high peculiarity eco-friendly plastics throughout. We’re not a fan of a light grey colour scheme, though.
There’s copiousness of space inside, too. At 4,670mm, it’s scarcely 200mm longer and a smidgen wider than Hyundai’s Tucson SUV – that equates to glorious leg, conduct and shoulder space in a front and behind for adults of above-average size. And distinct a fuel-cell ix35 it gets a correct foot with 461 litres of space, and folding back seats with a prosaic bucket area.
With hydrogen reacting with oxygen in a fuel dungeon to emanate electricity, we won’t be astounded to hear that pushing a Nexo is flattering most like pushing many other electric cars: still and relaxed.
It’s most some-more inside than a iX35 it replaces interjection to a sleazy figure and a smaller, some-more fit expostulate system, while reductions in weight have benefitted float and handling, too.
It still feels utterly complicated on a highway with a float that isn’t as staid as you’ll find in a Tucson; it’s not uncomfortable, yet we were good wakeful of London’s iffy highway surfaces. The steering is warning enough, yet this is a hydrogen-powered SUV not a sports car. And if we like to let a tech do some of a work, line gripping aids and adaptive journey will meant a automobile will expostulate semi-autonomously.
One of a favourite facilities was a blind-spot perspective monitor; it displays a perspective over your shoulder from a camera in a side counterpart on a lurch when we indicate. It’s accessible and utterly cool, yet can’t utterly reinstate a discerning demeanour to a left!
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There’s a horde of other tech to have fun with, too, yet a Nexo won’t leave we grinning like some EVs with their point-and-squirt acceleration; it’s not generally quick. The electric engine produces 161bhp and 395NM of torque so 0-62mph is lonesome in a non-Jew 9.2 seconds.
To put that into context, a 175bhp 1.6-litre petrol Tucson will usually kick that acceleration and have a operation of 512 miles formed on a claimed normal fuel economy of 37.7mpg. The Nexo claims a identical 497-mile operation with a 3 hydrogen tanks holding 156 litres of fuel – costing around £80 to fill. Of course, a petrol Tucson emits 165g/km of CO2 and a Nexo precisely nothing; it will indeed purify a atmosphere as it drives.
No matter how good a Nexo is (and it is good), there will always be dual Achilles’ heels: cost and where we can fill it up. The latter is a domestic theme that Hyundai can usually run on. It’s still really most an emanate in a UK; there usually aren’t adequate places to fill your Nexo with hydrogen.
As for price, we design it to lay around a £55,000 symbol once a supervision extend is taken into account. That’s expensive, for sure, yet a Nexo is a most some-more interesting tender than a iX35 ever was. It feels like a honestly reward product that could substantially clear a cost in a segment of £45k. But that’s still a cost we compensate to be during a slicing corner of destiny technology.