Hyundai has taken the road less travelled with the hydrogen-powered Nexo. It is the only FCEV showcased in the Auto Expo and this is a bold move by the Korean manufacturer. If everything goes fine, then the Hyundai Nexo will be the first vehicle from Hyundai in India to retail with this tech. Hyundai is also scanning the country for potentiality.
This energy-efficient Hyundai is powered by a bunch of fuel cells and the moving force is all clean reactions. The main constituents are hydrogen and oxygen that react in specially enclosed containers to provide the driving force. There are three tanks embedded in the vicinity of the chassis that stores hydrogen. The total capacity of hydrogen comes to 156.6 litres which gives this clean Hyundai an impressive range of 666 km in the WLTP tests. The most important part of hydrogen-powered cars is that the only byproduct that is created from this reaction is pure water which gives it a very strong case for the ailing environmental conditions.
Hydrogen cells had a bane of degrading in cold climatic conditions, but Hyundai has found their way around it and this new tech can work even in temperatures of -30 degrees. The clean reaction is used to provide juice for an electric motor up front that makes about 158.8 bhp of power and 396 Nm of torque which is ample for our roads and is claimed to cross the 100 kmph mark in a swift 9.2 seconds.
The technological additions are not confined to the mechanical bits and the Nexo also gets a host of features including autonomous tech. Safety is top-notch with features like lane follow assist and highway driving assist as standard. The SUV also gets a remote parking system which we believe can help the car self-park.
Hyundai Nexo is showcased in the Auto Expo for the no-fuss energy efficiency it puts on the table. Getting it on Indian roads will surely take a lot of time as the only place presently to fill in hydrogen required for the reaction is in Delhi NCR alone and that alone is a huge hurdle for this tech. It surely is a very efficient and sensible replacement for electric-powered powertrains as this one leaves less footprint behind.
There are no details on what Hyundai has in the pipeline ahead with their hydrogen-powered cars. But for now, the Korean marque is going ahead with the electric revolution that is slowly gaining traction and they sell the Kona EV in limited numbers for now. Just like the Mahindra eKUV100, Hyundai is also working on a cheap mass-market electric car for India and is one of the earliest players who have dived in for the revolution. Hydrogen-powered cars are a very strong replacement for electric cars but the world is moving ahead with pure lithium-ion cells that have improved drastically over the years and thus show promising results for various investors.