CES 2018: Hyundai Nexo is the carmaker's next-gen FCEV

CES 2018: Hyundai Nexo is the carmaker's next-gen FCEV

CES 2018: Hyundai Nexo is the carmaker's next-gen FCEV

It also comes with Lane Following Assist and Highway Driving Assist, which essentially provide autonomous-like cruise control at speeds between 0km/h and 145km/h.

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Three new ballistic carbon-fiber-wrapped hydrogen storage tanks store 52.2 liters of hydrogen each and package more easily below the floor than did the Tucson's two tanks, sized for 37 and 103 liters.

A fuel-cell vehicle is essentially an electric auto that produces its own electricity to drive the motor using a fuel cell that combines hydrogen gas from onboard tanks with oxygen from the air.

Hyundai says the Nexo will be available in select markets early this year.

Significantly improved over its predecessor, the NEXO's drivetrain includes a lighter and more powerful fuel-cell stack and battery, which brings output up from 124 kW to 135 kW.

Nexo is the successor of the Tucson FCEV, the carmaker's first fuel cell SUV launched in 2013. At the core of Nexo's technology is an electric motor that generates 160 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.

Nexo will go 0 to 60 in about nine and a half seconds, which is by no means fast. Hyundai says that by going down this route, it has been able to save substantial amounts of weight, while also opening up more space in the cabin and improving the layout of the fuel cell system.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has been offered at $499 per month on a 36-month lease, with $2,999 down-though the Mirai and Clarity have lately offered more attractive lease terms to keep their delivery numbers stable. It is 4,671mm in length, 1859mm in width and 1,630mm in height.

Blind spot view monitor. Using surround view monitors, the blind spot view monitor provides the driver with a clear view of both the sides and the back of the vehicle to facilitate a safer lane change maneuver. Anyway, changing lanes in NEXO will be a little easier thanks to the wide-angle cameras looking down each side of the vehicle.

The lane follow assist, as the name suggests, helps the vehicle maintain its lane autonomously by detecting lane markings or road edges and automatically giving mild steering inputs to be in the center of the lane. "Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with introduction of Tucson fuel cell", explained Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. It also gets Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Highway Driving Assist; while the former can steer, accelerate and brake the auto at speeds, the latter uses map data and builds on LFA to control the car's speed according to the speed limit of the road, as well as using sensors to detect environmental conditions.

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