Hyundai is one of the firms leading the way when it comes to hydrogen-powered cars.
In 2013, its ix35 Fuel Cell was one of the very first hydrogen cars to go on sale to the public, and since then the firm has continued pushing ahead with this futuristic technology.
Its latest model – the NEXO – is Hyundai’s flagship product, and is a hugely appealing car to those wanting something slightly different to a conventional EV. Here’s what you need to know about it.
What powertrains are available?
The NEXO is offered with just one option – a fuel cell electric powertrain that offers the latest in hydrogen technology.
The system produces 161bhp and 395Nm of torque, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 9.3 seconds, and a top speed of 111mph.
Range anxiety need not be an issue, with the NEXO offering a range of 414 miles, which vastly exceeds that of many electric cars on sale today.
Although the hydrogen infrastructure is still in its infancy, which means that it’s worth checking to see if a hydrogen filling station is relatively local to you, in order to ensure that the model is usable on a day-to-day basis.
What trim options are on offer?
The NEXO is a model that offers largely limited choice, with just one very high spec equipment grade available.
Known as the Premium SE, this trim comes with a tremendous amount of equipment as standard.
A full suite of LED lights, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted, alongside a digital cockpit and a large 12.3-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, real-time traffic information and also a Krell sound system.
A huge range of safety equipment is also included, such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a driver attention alert and rear cross traffic alert to name a few features. All this equipment enabled the NEXO to be awarded a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP – making the SUV the first hydrogen model to do so.
What about personalisation?
Because of the NEXO’s lengthy standard equipment list, there’s nothing left in terms of things that can be added to the model.
In fact, there is amazingly no optional extras you can buy for the NEXO – the only choice you have is over paint colours.
Stylish Titanium Grey – the matte shade pictured – is the launch colour, but buyers can also opt for White Cream, Cocoon Silver, Copper Metallic and Dusk Blue at no extra cost.
How much is the Hyundai NEXO?
The NEXO is on sale now, directly from Hyundai UK, priced from £65,995, which is inclusive of the government’s £3,500 electric car grant.
It also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, as with all models in the Hyundai range.