Hyundai Delivers First Nexo Fuel Cell SUV In U.S.

JAN 1 2019 BY MARK KANE 38

Deliveries of Hyundai NEXO in the U.S. have begun

Hyundai has delivered its first NEXO hydrogen fuel cell SUV in the U.S. market. The car went to a former scientist and chemist Todd Hochrad of Ventura, California.

The new owner is already an electrification veteran with experience with hybrids and electric cars:

“Mr. Hochrad isn’t the typical automotive buyer, yet he’s the sort of customer looking to drive a zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicle. More than 15 years ago, he purchased his first hybrid car and over the years has driven dedicated electric vehicles as well. His new NEXO will deliver about five times the driving range of his first all-electric car.”

The NEXO was introduced in South Korea earlier this year and Hyundai sold around 600 through the end of November. Hyundai believes that FCVs are the future of automotive, spending billions on hydrogen fuel cell investments and the FCV platform, but at least for now Kona Electric alone attracted 10,000 sales in South Korea in a fewer number of months.

The 2019 NEXO – which replaces the Tucson Fuel Cell – can go up to 380 miles (611 km), starting at $58,300 (including $13,000 on hydrogen fueling card). There are two trim levels to choose from:

“NEXO can be leased for $399 (Blue model) or $449 (Limited model) for 36 months and can be purchased for $58,300. The first year of maintenance is free of charge and customers are eligible for a tax credit (subject to individual tax circumstances) from the state of California for up to $5,000. Purchasers of new Hyundai NEXO SUVs will receive hydrogen fueling cards with a combined maximum value of $13,000 to be used during the first three years of vehicle ownership.”

Hyundai Nexo specs:

  • up to 380 miles (611 km) in case of Blue trim and up to 354 miles (570 km) in case of Limited Trim
  • NEXO Blue models have estimated MPGe of 65 city, 58 highway and 61 combined, while NEXO Limited models have an estimated range of MPGe of 59 city, 54 highway and 57 combined
  • 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds
  • 120 kW and 395 Nm electric motor
  • fuel cell is able to provide around 95 kW of power, together with 40 kW from the battery. A total output of 135 kW is available

Hyundai NEXO

More from the press release:


NEXO: More than just the cleanest, longest-range zero-emissions SUV on the road

NEXO is not only perfectly clean, emitting only water, but a technological dynamo. It offers a number of advanced driver assist systems, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Remote Smart Parking Assist that enables NEXO to either autonomously park or retrieve itself from either a parallel or perpendicular parking space with or without a driver in the vehicle. Additionally, Hyundai’s Blind-spot View Monitor is an industry-first technology that projects the side views of NEXO in the center cluster to the driver using cameras while changing lanes with the turn signal on that monitor areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror.

It Goes a Long Way

The NEXO Blue model has an estimated range of 380 miles, 115 more than the Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. The NEXO Limited Trim has an estimated range of 354 miles. NEXO Blue models have estimated MPGe of 65 city, 58 highway and 61 combined, while NEXO Limited models have an estimated range of MPGe of 59 city, 54 highway and 57 combined. NEXO refueling time can be achieved in as little as five minutes, allowing a consumer lifestyle very similar to a comparable gasoline-powered SUV in terms of range and refueling speed.

Hydrogen is cool. But there is more to NEXO’s environmental story

NEXO uses a number of ecological materials in its construction, including soybean-oil based polyurethane paint, bamboo-thread-based bio fabric, along with bio-plastic and bio-carpet extracted from sugar cane. Bio-based materials were applied to 47 different parts and reduced CO2 emissions by 26 lbs. during the manufacturing process.

NEXO v. Tucson Fuel Cell

Not only is Hyundai’s NEXO fuel cell vehicle built with an exclusive dedicated vehicle architecture and a design that sets it apart from every other vehicle on the road, it is vastly improved over the Tucson Fuel Cell it has replaced. It is quicker, roomier, more efficient and better packaged, all while offering 40 percent more range.

And finally…

Since it launched the Tucson Fuel Cell four-and-a-half years ago, customers have accumulated almost 6.9 million high-mileage – and safe – miles on America’s roads, all, of course, with refueling times that mirror the convenience of gasoline vehicles. And just recently, the Hyundai NEXO was named a winner of the prestigious Wards’ 10Best Engine award, further highlighting its position as a high-tech and user-friendly vehicle.

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And completely economically non-competitive as proven by the fact that they have to give away free (actually subsidized) fuel in order to entice the fool cell lease holders to bite and the fact that they (and virtually all of the minuscule few fool cell vehicles leased, much less sold so far!) are also given the same subsidies in order to move them and then taken back after the 3 years.

Basically a tech and fuel that is totally DOA.

Is the cost of the hydrogen the biggest issue or the (lack of) availability?

I think the issue is just science. In principle hydrogen is a chemical battery. T Boone Pickens once proposed the entire great plains line from western ND down through West Texas should be one giant wind farm. Then the storage would be electrolysis of water. You run a current through water and it produces hydrogen and oxygen. Then at a later point you combine the two back together (burn the hydrogen) and it creates pure water. TaDa! Well that process isn’t 100% efficient but surely we could get it done at a reasonable rate…maybe 70? OK fine…but how do you store it? Oh…..compress the crap out of it or liquify it. That doesn’t sound efficient now does it? And that is just large storage tanks which presumably scale would cure a bit of that. But in a vehicle we are talking several hundred percent of the energy actually stored end up being used compressing, storing, transporting, etc. Or at least that’s what my understanding is and as of yet nobody has come up with a storage medium/mechanism to the contrary. There are numerous porous type mediums people are working on but it all seems rather unpractical. Heck Audi has figured… Read more »

Your assumption is based on our grandfather’s ways of generating expensive hydrogen fuel. Start by a Google news search how turning seawater into electricity or to power boats, yachts and ships is now viable with help from a major hydrogen breakthrough.

“hydrogen breakthrough” – the one term that makes “battery breakthrough” look pessimistic!

The “hydrogen breakthrough” – has been reviewed by the Army Research Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory for the Secretary of Defense. After the “Hydrogen 2.0” technology was demonstrated to Federal Agencies this US mature start-up was invited to move into NASA’s Kennedy Space Center inside the Space Life Sciences Laboratory in Florida. Currently the company has 38 employees, 9 US Patents and in 2018 partnered with NB Power in Canada, MarineMax in Florida and the Passamaquoddy’s Tribe in Maine.

You’re filled with fake news

Was this lease or purchase? Any word on what’ll happen after 3 years of free fuel period?

Even more to the point, any word of what happens when EVs hit escape velocity and HFCVs start to disappear, taking the few fueling stations with them? This is the “unwinding of hydrogen” problem I’ve mentioned here before. Will companies pushing these vehicles guarantee that fuel will be available local to the owners for as long as they have the cars? I doubt it.

On the other hand, I’m reasonably confident that the receptacle in my garage will still produce electrons when asked.

The Hydrogen unwinding has already begun in Norway.

How so?

Do Not Read Between The Lines

One of the companies selling hydrogen shut down.

A few H2 stations may stick around as a niche for H2 heavy duty trucks & buses. But for light-duty cars this just seems so DOA.

One few H stations will mean even higher price. Which trucks and buses will use far more expensive fuel? Maybe for submarines?

With new hydrogen technologies they can compete with the receptacle in your garage. In fact hydrogen will soon power your home, car or power generation facility because free market forces and highly profitable new ideas tend to unwind our grandfather’s way’s going all the way back to the horse and buggy days.

The poor guy can’t join a highway or climb a short slope once the tiny battery is depleted. The fueling process is unbelievable joke on USSR-style subsidies. It is impossible to come up with worse offering.

So he retired from being a chemist and scientist, so he is neither of those things any longer. I wonder if perhaps he was a teacher too, who explained why the world must switch to a hydrogen economy, and now he must eat his own words by getting this White Elephant.

Wow! $13,000 worth of fuel for 3 years. /36 months = $361/mth. I wonder how many miles that is based on. I think Toyota gives 3 years of H2 fuel free with their Mirai, and I have never read about a limit, I can only assume that Hyundai looked at that plan and decided open ended could be too costly so they had to put a cap on it.

Why don’t they just sell them for $45k and then the owner pays their own fuel costs? I guess the cost of hydrogen is too much?
What happens if you drive a lot of miles and use up the $13k of hydrogen credits? I think $13k of hydrogen would take this vehicle about 45,000mi which is only 15,000mi per year?

I hope he had the good sense to lease and not buy. The lease with free fuel is definitely a good deal. 3 year old Mirai are advertised for $17k to $22k but the purchaser of a used fuel cell car does not get free fuel, so has to expect to pay the $361/mth for fuel on top of any payments for the car. This is bound to be significantly higher than $399 for the lease with free fuel, so a new lease is cheaper than a 3 year old car.

Add the additional $5,000 from the state and a lease looks even better.

Lets see, the acceleration of a Prius, half the MPGe of a BEV or EREV, Hyundai is paying for the fuel to hide the fact that hydrogen costs about 4X gasoline. What is Hyundai thinking, why are they sinking billions into FCEVs rather than spending all of their R&D money on BEVs? Where does Hyundai think the money for building a hydrogen fueling infrastructure going to come from? Do they think that governments are going to pay for it because the private sector sure as hell isn’t. Also why to they think hydrogen is green? If you make it from natural gas it produces way more CO2 than gasoline, if you make it from solar or wind then you are wasting clean energy. The hydrogen chain from electricity to hydrogen back to electricity is only about 25% efficient, that means that you are wasting 75% of the electricity. Because only a small percentage of our power is from renewables every watt that you waste is a watt that has to be made up by fossil fuel. If there ever comes a day when we can generate 125% of our power from renewables then you could make a case for using… Read more »

The nearly 10 second 0-60 time has me wondering if the capacity of the current fuel cells is even capable of building an appealing car. Is the reaction time really slow? Will these have the capacity to tow heavy loads in “semi truck” applications? Will the fuel cell basically supply “base load” power and there will always have to be a battery and the supporting hardware to make the response reasonable?

Yes, you’ll always need a battery.

One born every minute.

why would anyone want a hydrogen powered anything?

Desperate serial anti-Tesla trolls like the shorter “TeslaInvestors” down below want H2 to sidetrack Tesla but it isn’t and can’t happen based on First Principles.

So Nexo takes the crown of longest range EV from Clarity FCV? I’m fine with that. 🙂
A great car for those who want the best of both worlds: quiet, powerful engine and fast refueling. If you don’t have hours to kill when you are already on a long multi-hour road trip, and want to drive a quality ZEV, then these are are cars for you. If you don’t enjoy a 50% range loss in winter fro a ZEV, then these cars are for you.
I guess, many thousands of people think their time is worth more than $2-$3/hour and have better things to do than hang aroudn chargers wearing car logo T-shirts. 🙂

In other news, the number of open station in CA grew to 40 from 35 6 months ago. By 2020, HFCV will be a game

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Powerful, teehee.
Is that powerful in the same way that Hyundai tried to say that the Ioniq was?

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Hey downvoter, check out the Ioniq commercial with the song that tried to imply the Ioniq was quick, even though it has the same performance as a Prius.
And compare performance between the Kona EV/e-Niro and the Nexo. HFCVs are expensive slugs in comparison.

You don’t want to wait for the charging to happen. But you rather drive long distances to look for a fueling station. You can’t compare the time waiting to money.
Many people do work on their labtops when charging. I personally only visit Superchargers a handful of times each year, I rather have a fully charged car every morning.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Given that the Nexo will only be leased in California, why would any potential lessees expect 50% range loss in winter from a PEV?

If hydrogen as storage has such promises, why aren’t we seeing a home storage system built around that? Especially considering packaging and compressing aren’t that big of an issue in a stationary system.

Until I see those, I’m not convinced about automotive application.

Now that there is a major “Hydrogen 2.0” breakthrough for producing highly competitive clean hydrogen fuel “24/7” and can be safely stored in “raw seawater” the exhaust will be free desalinated ocean water that will benefit a thirsty world as well.

“His new NEXO will deliver about five times the driving range of his first all-electric car.”

That means his first EV had a sub-100 mile range.

“The NEXO was introduced in South Korea earlier this year and Hyundai sold around 600 through the end of November. Hyundai believes that FCVs are the future of automotive, spending billions on hydrogen fuel cell investments and the FCV platform, but at least for now Kona Electric alone attracted 10,000 sales in South Korea in a fewer number of months.”

Hyundai should read that paragraph over and over until they understand it. 600 vs 10,000. Once they do, they’ll cancel the NEXO.

Another DOA technology.

Battery is chemical base, hydrogen is energy carrier. They are different concept for alternative energy system. Electricity is more difficult to handle than hydrogen because its unstable property. We can only store electricity with batteries, but hydrogen can be transformed lots of ways(ammonia, methane, liquid, gas, ets.). Especially, Hyundai announced that they are not focusing on only car, they are focusing on the entire mobility and stationary which operate with fuel cells. Just think about it. 100kW fuel cell system is adopted in the NEXO, then heavy vehicles, ships, drones, auxiliary powers of building, even airplanes can use the applications. Economies of scale always wins the game. Additionally, battery has limit position because its chemical base property. If you want to extend your EV’s range then you need more battery capacities. That means your charging time is increase in proportion. If you want to make it short way(decrease the charging time), then you must take the risk of electric shock from high voltage. EV is most dangerous car with chemical and electrical problems, in my opinion.