What you need to know about the Hyundai Nexo
In the space of a mere decade, technology has developed at a phenomenal rate, and it seems like we’ve only just begun. Just like the race to the moon in the past century, manufacturers have all launched into a mad race of who can produce the most technologically advanced vehicle. Hyundai is one of these countless brands, and the introduction of the new Nexo certainly looks promising.
Stylingwise, they could admittedly have done far worse. For those of you who remember the Kona SUV, though that shouldn’t be too hard considering it was this year, you will definitely see some similarity. I'd say, however, they've done better with the Nexo. It looks more refined and minimalist, and less wacky.
Inside the rather suave cabin, it’s everything people expect from an everyday SUV: comfort and tech, plus a well-configured infotainment system and good speakers. The display is apparently really smooth and easy to navigate, and the interior gives a sense of comfort almost as good as that of a Lexus or an Infiniti. With of course a surprisingly generous amount of space in the boot, considering the complexity of the car.
Because believe it or not, it’s not hybrid, it’s not even electric in the common sense; the Nexo runs on hydrogen. Why? Well, for one thing it takes just a little longer to refill a car with hydrogen than it does with petrol. Despite the great gains made in reducing EV charge times recently, hydrogen is still faster.
Apparently the Nexo can also do 800km on one tank, which costs about $90 to fill, so there goes that question.
And more importantly, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and while there’s many roadblocks to making it readily available to motoring, it has the benefit over battery EVs in that it doesn’t depend on the coal-powered energy grid. What’s more, since burning hydrogen produces water, the exhaust can be used to water your plants.
It also provides instant torque and decent acceleration, which is why the Nexo, without trying, can go from 0-100 in 9 seconds.
So while most car companies are investing in standard EV tech, Hyundai has particulary focused on hydrogen fuel cell technology. "Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society", Hyundai's appropriately named Dr. Woong-chul Yang has said.
And apparently the ACT Government in Australia agrees. They've become the Nexo's single biggest customer and ordered over 20 of them. For an (estimated) $80,000, would you consider doing the same?