Hyundai's hydrogen-powered SUV is on sale now priced from £65,995 after the government grant
5 April 2019

Hyundai has released UK pricing and spec details of its new Nexo fuel cell SUV, which is available to order now.

The Toyota Mirai rival has a near-identical price to its Japanese competitor, hitting the market at £65,995 after the government grant. Standard kit includes sat-nav, heated and cooled electric front seats, heated rear seats, 19-inch alloys and door mirror mounted cameras to display blind spots. 

The FCEV is based on Hyundai’s new FUV (future utility vehicle) platform and represents a step up in technical sophistication from the previous ix35, as well as a clean-sheet design, both inside and out. Fuel cell system efficiency has been improved and now stands at 60%, which Hyundai claims is the best ever achieved for a fuel cell vehicle. Fuel cells don’t burn hydrogen but split the molecules to produce electricity with only water and heat as by-products. The system incorporates a small lithium ion buffer battery to provide the fast response needed for acceleration. 

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Hydrogen capacity has been upped from 144 to 156 litres and the compressed gas is now stored at 700 bar in three tanks rather than two, one behind the right-hand rear wheel and the other two beneath the floor. The distribution and size of the tanks frees up space inside the car and there’s a generous flat-floor load space. The range has increased from 369 miles to 497 miles on the NEDC cycle and this is partly due to the increased efficiency of the fuel cell system as well as the extra fuel. Fuel consumption (of hydrogen) is 72mpg and the Nexo can be started in temperatures as low as -30deg C.

Instruments are displayed on a 7in screen with a central 12.3in screen for navigation and system information including fuel cell and storage information. The floating centre console is based on an array of conventional buttons rather than following the largely screen-based ‘glass cockpit’ philosophy. Buttons are of different sizes and shapes, which should make them easy enough to locate by touch when on the move.

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European head of eco car and mobility, Frank Meijer, won’t be drawn on how quickly he expects the market for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to develop. “Public awareness of hydrogen is not there yet,” he said, but hopes trials of fuel cell cars will help accelerate the process. Seventy-five ix35 taxis are being run in Paris and 50 in Munich. “These projects are allowing thousands of people to experience fuel cell cars first hand,” he added. 

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Hydrogen filling stations are still scarce with the number rising to only 14 in the UK by the middle of this year. Meijer doesn’t believe governments will fund the hydrogen infrastructure but will be prepared to continue supporting the purchase of fuel cell vehicles through grant schemes.

Manufacturing fuel cell cars remains an expensive business but Meijer hopes costs will come down as the company continues to develop electrified cars and the components are used across different platforms. Hyundai sold 501 ix35 fuel cell cars in 15 European countries and has a network of 52 dealerships. 

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17 January 2018

Still be knocking on the door of 25mpg and 10 secs 0-60 times for £70,000 which brings me onto another point, 501 sold across Europe in 2 years - no they weren't they were mostly leased at knock down prices, in America you get free fuel and massive discounts and incentives but they still struggle to sell hydrogen cars.

"14 in the UK by the middle of this year" why is it whenever Hydrogen stations numbers are given you're never told the current figure only what it will be? 

Why anyone would buy this over a XC60, petrol Q5, Porsche Macan, or new I-Pace is beyond me

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 April 2019
Already priced lower than many BEVs. Nobody saw that coming quite so soon!

3 July 2019
jason_recliner wrote:

Already priced lower than many BEVs. Nobody saw that coming quite so soon!

Hmmm I'm not so sure about that. You could buy a Kia E-niro and a Kona EV for the same price. So the competing battery electric models from the same company are half the price. Yes you can get more expensive luxury EVs, but this is a Hyundai. Compare it to Hyundai EVs this is very expensive. Compare this to Hyundai ICEs and this is very very very expensive. Every version of the Tesla model 3 is cheaper. Even a Jaguar Ipace is cheaper, as is the Mercedes ECQ. Unless there is a crazy lease deal and you live near a refueling station you would be certified mental to buy one if these.

17 January 2018

From the Sunday Times in 2015: "The government is easing the pain. Earlier this year one company, ITM Power, was awarded £3.59m in grants, including £1.89m from the government, to build and run two new stations in London".

So basically a private company got given £3,600,000 to build 2 stations that probably service no more than a couple of cars a week. That's on top of the £15,000 grant they got to buy foreign cars in the first place.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 April 2019

£67,000 for a Hyundai. Ha ha ha ha ha ha..................

 

 

5 April 2019

I had to check the date to make sure it wasn’t April 1st.  Apparently it’s not.  How bizarre.

5 April 2019

What are you talking about?

This is different 

Its a hydrogen car, and I bet none of your mates have one of them. Thats what the 67,000 is for. Exclusivity. This thing has more social standing than a Rolls-Royce.

JMax

5 April 2019

I agree, this figure for what isn’t luxury or Supercar is just ridiculous.....!

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