Hyundai Showcases Its Future With The Nexo FCEV At Auto Expo 2020

The Nexo has a claimed range of 611km (EPA)

  • The Nexo is powered by an electric motor that draws power from a hydrogen fuel cell.
  • It puts out 163PS and 395Nm of twist.
  • Hyundai is planning to increase its EV and FCEV footprint.

Back in December 2019, we had reported Hyundai India’s plans to bring in FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle). The carmaker had also commenced a feasibility study to look at the possibilities. Hyundai has now showcased the Nexo at the ongoing Auto Expo 2020. That brings us to the question -- are we looking at FCEVs in India?

The Nexo is the most celebrated FCEV in Hyundai’s lineup. What makes this crossover special is its incredible 611km of claimed range. Power comes from an electric motor good enough for a potent 163PS and 400Nm of twist. But unlike conventional EVs, the electric motors here draw power from a hydrogen fuel cell. The Nexo is preceded by the Tucson FCEV that saw light in 2005. 

In other news, Hyundai has given us an insight into its future plan, which it calls ‘Strategy 2025’. In a nutshell, the Korean carmaker is working on transforming itself into a smart mobility provider from a mainstream car maker. It is aiming to offer more EVs and FCEVs, and has invested around $52 billion for the development of this new strategy over the next 6 years.

The only threat to the Nexo comes in the form of the Toyota Mirai, a popular choice among FCEVs. In fact, Toyota is already coming out with an updated version of the Mirai. It has even been spotted in India and could end up on sale in the distant future.

Hyundai pioneered electric vehicles in India with the Kona Electric last year. The Korean auto giant might also lead the FCEV race if it manages to bring the Nexo to India. As of now, everything is under wraps but we can’t entirely rule out the possibility of the Nexo just yet.

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