Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell Utility Vehicle

Hyundai Names its Technological Flagship NEXO 

“The NEXO represents the culmination of cutting-edge technology in the alternative fuel space and Hyundai’s continued leadership not only in the hydrogen fuel space but across the alternative fuel spectrum,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hydrogen energy is key to moving toward a more sustainable society and Hyundai is proud to be leading the charge in bringing the technology to a wider audience.”

Skeptical Canadian drivers should find it interesting that NEXO is designed specifically to handle extreme temperature and environments, and that testing has proven that the vehicle is capable of starting after being subject to overnight temperatures of -20 degrees Fahrenheit. NEXO boasts cold start capability within 30 seconds which is an industry-leading achievement and the fuel cell system warms up faster for maximum performance.

Dedicated Architecture
For the first time ever, Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle is built with a dedicated vehicle architecture. This architecture has many benefits including:

  • Lighter weight
  • Improved power-to-weight ratio
  • Faster acceleration from 0 to 60 mph than the Tucson FCEV
  • More cabin space
  • Allows the battery to be relocated to the trunk
  • Improved fuel cell system layout

Powertrain Improvements

  • NEXO’s powertrain is lighter and takes up less space compared with Tucson FCEV
  • More efficient
  • Smaller
  • Lighter


  • Peak acceleration is increased by 25 percent compared with Tucson FCEV
  • NEXO accelerates from 0 to 60 mph 20 percent faster than Tucson FCEV
  • NEXO has more torque than the Tucson FCEV


  • NEXO has 40 percent more range than the Tucson FCEV
  • NEXO has an estimated range of 370 miles compared with the Tucson FCEV 265 miles

Quiet and Comfortable Driving Characteristics

  • NEXO maintains the quiet and comfortable driving characteristics of the Tucson FCEV
  • All of the NEXO’s moving parts are inside the engine bay which isolates the noise to one area


  • NEXO has the same level of durability as internal combustion engine vehicles

NEXO also won the Editor’s Choice award for CES 2018. Following reviews of hundreds of products at CES, the publication’s recognition highlights the NEXO as a key product in both the tech and automotive space for 2018. It was one of only 34 products to be recognized out of the tens of thousands displayed at this year’s event.’s Editor’s Choice award is chosen by a team of editors and researchers who comb through the vast number of products at CES every year to choose the ones consumers will “actually buy in 2018,” foregoing the conceptual for those products that will actually be useful and available for consumers in 2018.

Hyundai has not yet released information regarding NEXO’s availability in the Canadian market, but stay tuned to these pages for additional details as they get released. Are you as interested in Hyundai’s all-new NEXO fuel cell utility vehicle as we are?