HYUNDAI NEXO 2018 - Present

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It is said to have 30% higher energy density than the ix35 Fuel Cell - a previous hydrogen-powered vehicle from Hyundai.

Hyundai has revealed the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. How eco-friendly is that! "This is the ultimate solution", he said.

Thanks to the upgraded powertrain, the Hyundai Nexo covers the 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) sprint in 9.5 seconds, making it 3 seconds quicker than the Tucson Fuel Cell. Hyundai says Nexo improves the range of the Tucson fuel cell by 105 miles to 370 miles on hydrogen refueling.

Hyundai Australia says it has received additional interest from other local government departments, as well as private enterprises and even a handful of private customers, about introducing the Nexo. The Nexo can travel up to 370 miles, compared to the Tucson with its 265-mile range, and can be fully refueled in five minutes - try that with an electric auto.

Adding to the technology front is a host of new driver assistance technology Hyundai is debuting on the Nexo. Most if not all of the big automakers stop by to hype their cred in autonomous technology for self-driving cars, future commitments to hybrid and electric cars, and smart tech integration like learning how to put Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice controls inside the vehicle.

But he concedes that its popularity will still be limited by its cost, restricted production numbers, and a current lack of refuelling infrastructure. Well, design aside, it is good to see Hyundai taking the initiative to develop more FCEVs for the future, especially when Japanese brands have shown more commitment towards the technology.

Fuel-cell vehicle features auto parking and hints of autonomous features to come.

The NEXO is set to be available in dealers late 2018.

A price has not yet been disclosed, but it's expected to be significantly cheaper than that of the ix35 Fuel Cell, which retailed for around £53,000. Built on its own dedicated architecture, it is also lighter and roomier inside, the new, more-compact components requiring less space for themselves.

While auto enthusiasts will have to wait until CES 2018 to learn official details, Autocar reported that the next-generation fuel cell EV will be an ideal vehicle for Hyundai to test its autonomous systems. The Nexo now rides on its own custom architecture, meaning it can be easily adapted to the requirements of a fuel cell auto, with better packaging of the fuel tanks, three of them stored under the floor, complete with a lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk.

"We are not competing with Toyota and the Mirai - we are working together with Toyota", he said.

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