New Hyundai Nexo with a 500-mile range in the works

Introduced in January 2018, the Hyundai Nexo was the technological marvel of the Hyundai Motor Group last decade. While HMG is planning a big wave of BEVs with the E-GMP platform starting with 3 models in 2021 (Ioniq 5, Kia CV & Genesis JW) it is not losing focus on its standalone FCEV. The company has now revealed that it would give a massive upgrade to the Hyundai Nexo.

Hyundai Nexo autonomous driving Level 4
The current Hyundai Nexo is the world’s first FCEV capable of Level 4 Autonomous driving.

Last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited HMG’s Ulsan plant and interacted about the Hyundai Nexo with company officials. When he asked about the range of the Hyundai Nexo while touring the production line that builds the powertrain, a company official said that the hydrogen fuel cell electric crossover has three hydrogen tanks and that it can drive 609 km (378 miles) on a full charge. Adding to that employee’s response, Euisun Chung, Chairman, HMG, told the President that the company plans to increase the Hyundai Nexo range remarkably. Below are exactly his words:

I plan to increase it (Hyundai Nexo range) to 800 km (497 miles) in the future.

Euisun Chung, Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group, talking to South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the production line of the Hyundai Nexo.
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Euisun Chung and Moon jae-in sat in the Hyundai M.Vision S concept during their discussion about futuristic vehicles like the new Hyundai Nexo. Image sourced from the South Korean Presidential website.

HMG has sold more than 10,000 units of the Hyundai Nexo in South Korea since its launch in March 2018. South Korea is taking to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and autonomous driving technologies aggressively. On that, the country’s President said:

By establishing a roadmap for the hydrogen economy and a vision and strategy for future cars, we are moving toward a country with the highest competitiveness in future cars in 2030.

Moon Jae-in, President, South Korea
Hyundai Genesis product pipeline new Hyundai Nexo
HMG plans to launch a new Hyundai Nexo in 2021 or later as per the guidance given in an official presentation this year.

By providing a circa-500-mile range in the new Hyundai Nexo HMG would make a big statement to the world that hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles are undoubtedly the future beyond battery electric vehicles. Increasing the Hyundai Nexo range from 378 miles to close 497 miles, which would be almost 500 miles, would mark a whopping 31% improvement. understands that HMG plans to launch a new Hyundai Nexo in 2021 or later. We reckon HMG would bring considerable upgrades during this lifecycle activity and eventually the 500-mile Hyundai Nexo would become a reality.

In the US, EPA estimates that the current Hyundai Nexo has a range of up to 380 miles. The hydrogen SUV has a fuel tank capacity of 41.4 gallons. A compact 1.56 kWh Lithium-ion battery supplies during acceleration and also stores the electricity generated by the regenerative braking system. Using the electricity from the fuel cell stack and the battery, the motor spins the wheels.

500-mile FCEVs are already a reality. In Japan, local media has driven the 2021 Toyota Mirai FCEV this week that will go on sale in December, and it says that the next-gen model’s range will be about 850 km, which converts to 528 miles.