2021 Hyundai Nexo becomes Australia’s first hydrogen-powered car for sale

Official specification details of the hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo have been announced, making it the first fuel-cell vehicle for sale in Australia.

The Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be offered to both private and business customers via a “special order” through Hyundai Australia’s internal sales department, for an “all-inclusive” ownership package.

The Nexo is powered by a 95kW fuel cell stack that can store 156.5 litres of hydrogen, offering 666km driving range, according to Europe’s WLTP test cycle. Excess energy generated via braking is stored in an additional 1.56kWh battery. Refuelling can take as little as five minutes to top the fuel cell up, at one of Australia’s soon-to-be four hydrogen stations.

On offer in Australia will be a single, high-specified Nexo variant.

The sole model features the brand ‘SmartSense’ active safety suite as standard, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and collision avoidance.

Inside the vehicle is a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next to it lies a 7-inch screen that is used as a digital instrument display. Smartphones can be charged via the wireless charging station.

On the exterior, full LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, a glass sunroof and an electronic tailgate.

Four metallic colours paired with differing interior trims will be offered. White Cream Mica and Dusk Blue exterior shades are offered with a Stone-Grey two-tone interior, whilst Cacoon Silver and Copper are paired with a dark blue interior.

“The arrival of Nexo on Australian roads as an ADR-approved production vehicle is a landmark in Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to green mobility and to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle technology,” said Hyundai Motor Company Jun Heo in a statement.

“The hydrogen Nexo SUV is a cornerstone in the Hyundai portfolio, complementing our hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles the Ioniq and Kona Electric.”

The 2021 Hyundai Nexo is available to order now.

Source: CarAdvice | 2021 Hyundai Nexo: Local specs revealed for Australia’s first hydrogen-powered vehicle 

24 March 2021

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