Finally came the moment everyone eagerly awaited: the reveal of Hyundai's new fuel-cell crossover.
Hyundai Motor introduced the NEXO packed with a more comprehensive range of new driver assistance technologies in its latest effort to compete against fuel cell rivals, such as Toyota Motor Corp.'s Mirai and Honda Motor Co.'s Clarity Fuel Cell, the company said in a statement.
Hyundai plans to introduce at least 18 new eco-friendly auto models by 2025, starting with the Hyundai Nexo fuel cell vehicle that made its debut at CES in Las Vegas. In addition, it only takes five minutes to refuel.
Hyundai's Vice chairman and leader of R&D Woongchul Yang, announced that in a month the automaker will demonstrate a level 4 version of the Nexo in dense urban traffic. The vehicle accommodates 14.0 pounds of hydrogen, versus 12.4 in the old one, in a storage system that weighs 36 pounds less than the Tucsons. Nexo generates a maximum power output of 120 kilowatts, comparable to that of internal combustion engines in the same SUV category.
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At the press conference, the carmaker also officially announced its partnership with Aurora, a U.S. startup launched by self-driving veterans from Google, Tesla and Uber. Companies such as BMW and Tesla have marketed similar technology. "We share a common understanding that both of our experiences in self-driving and vehicle development would be the flawless match in realizing autonomous vehicles for commercialization in a timely manner".
The ADAS allows Level 2 autonomous driving, with the vehicle controlling both the steering and acceleration/deceleration, but the driver has to be in charge of changing lanes, exiting motorways, making turns and such. The Nexo will serve as the technological flagship of the brand's range of electrified cars.
"Driving capability for developing is probably". The auto will "fill" the spot left by Hyundai's first attempt at a mass-produced hydrogen cell vehicle - the Tuscon FCEV. And NEXO also debuts Hyundai's Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) which enables the thing to autonomously park or retrieve itself from a parking space with or without a driver in the vehicle.
Hyundai says the Nexo will be available in select markets early this year. In 2016, it debuted the Ioniq, the first family vehicles adopting all three - hybrid, electric and plugin - technology. The production auto here is nearly identical to the prototype revealed last August, itself a development of the original concept introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. "This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realising the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles".