The Hyundai Nexo Hydrogen Fuel Cell Crossover is selling at twice the rate the Tucson/ix35 FCEV did, and has 1,700 reservations in hand.
Hyundai must be applauded for persevering with Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology when the world seems to be moving inexorably towards a world of EVs, with hybrids as a mere stop-gap to the seemingly inevitable domination of EVs, especially if the Solid State battery promise delivers.
The Hyundai ix35 FCEV (and Tucson FCEV depending on market) proved a ‘normal’ car could be delivered with a viable hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, although prices were high and demand limited to brave souls (or incentivated souls) willing to pay a lot for new technology. Proper early adopters.
Having proved the ix35 FCEV was workable, Hyundai has now moved on the the Nexo FCEV, with a 95kW Fuel Cell, 40kW battery pack, 181bhp and a range of around 500 miles. And it’s doing rather well, according to the Korea Herald.
Since going on sale in July in South Korea, Hyundai has delivered 223 Nexos and expects they will deliver 500 in the full year – which is around twice the rate the ix35/Tucson FCEV sold.
They are small numbers, as expected, but encouraging for Hyundai, helped no doubt by big FCEV subsidies in South Korea as they aim for 15,000 FCEVs on the road by 2022, and Hyundai has 1,700 on the Nexo waiting list, which will grow as the Nexo goes on sale in the US in Q3.