Nothing exploded.

The Euro NCAP performed its first-ever crash tests of a hydrogen fuel cell model, which happened to be the Hyundai NEXO.

Results are pretty encouraging as the hydrogen tanks survived the crashes and overall results are 5 stars due to outstanding passenger protection.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research comments:

“The Hyundai NEXO is the first hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle that Euro NCAP has tested. Its five-star safety rating should dispel concerns around how hydrogen fuel cell powered cars perform in a crash. With the NEXO, Hyundai have successfully demonstrated that alternative fuelled vehicles need not pose a risk to car safety.”

Hyundai NEXO - Euro NCAP five star rating
Hyundai NEXO spec:

  • about 370 miles (595 km)
  • 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, total output of 135 kW is available