Hyundai has been one of the leading car manufacturers spearheading the development of fuel cell electric vehicles. The latest one from the South Korean brand is the Nexo to go up against Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and others under development from brands such as Mercedes-Benz. The next generation Hyundai Nexo will be armed with a bigger range and better driver assistance technology. The Nexo is the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio, which the Hyundai Motor Group says will have 18 eco-friendly models by 2025. Hyundai first attempt at fuel cell powered vehicles was the Tucson FCEV, which is, in fact, available in some parts of North America, Europe and Asia to lease. In terms of dimensions, Hyundai Nexo is similar to the Tucson, but it sits on a new platform designed to fit the powertrain and fuel tanks better. It also allows weight reduction and creates more space, better aerodynamics, improved acceleration and efficiency. Besides an eco-friendly powertrain, Hyundai Nexo also features an array of driver assistance systems.
Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM)
Hyundai’s Blind-spot View Monitor is an industry-first technology. It shows drivers on a centre cluster screen the rear and side views of NEXO using cameras while changing lanes in either direction. The system uses wide-angle surround view monitors (SVM) on each side of the vehicle to monitor areas that cannot be seen by a traditional rearview mirror.
Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
Lane Following Assist is an all-new technology for Hyundai and it debuts in the Nexo. LFA automatically adjusts steering to help keep the car in the centre of its lane of travel at speeds between 0 and 144 km/h on both highways and city streets. This can be paired with Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) which utilises sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjust speed in limited environments.
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)
RSPA enables the Nexo to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the car. The RSPA system can even back a Nexo into a parking spot by itself with a touch of a button from the driver.
Hyundai Nexo will have an impressive range of about 800 km and will be capable of attaining 0-100 km/h in 9.5 seconds. Hyundai wants the Nexo to perform at extreme temperatures and environments. The company tests of the Nexo proved that the vehicle is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit. It boasts of a cold start capability within 30 seconds which is an industry-leading figure and the fuel cell system warms up faster for maximum performance.