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Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicle arriving in Oz in 2019

Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicle arriving in Oz in 2019

It is also faster than the Hyundai Tucson FCEV, the company's previous foray into building a fuel cell crossover.

Regardless of where the self-driving tech is placed, fuel cell powered electric vehicles do have one advantage over EVs; they can be refueled in about five minutes just like a gas-powered auto.

Nexo came only seven years after Hyundai launched its first green auto, the Sonata Hybrid in the United States in 2011.

But first - the powertrain: The Nexo's fuel-cell stack is lighter and more compact than that of the iX35 FCEV, but delivers nearly as much power - 95kW versus 100kW. In a statement, Hyundai said: "The NEXO model will spearhead Hyundai Motor's plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with Hyundai Motor Group's renewed goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025". It now is rated for 120 kW and 291 pound-feet of torque, gains of 20 kW and 70 lb-ft. Hyundai claims 0-60-mph times will drop from 12.5 to 9.0 seconds in a vehicle that's larger but expected to weigh 4,000 pounds (our Tucson FCEV test auto weighed 4,089 pounds and hit 60 in 11.3 seconds).

Hyundai isn't alone in championing the use of hydrogen as a viable future energy source, having joined forces with Toyota, which produces the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, and fuel suppliers including Shell and Total, to form the Hydrogen Council to promote it benefits and encourage governments to invest in infrastructure around the world. It is 4,671mm in length, 1859mm in width and 1,630mm in height. Using surround view monitors, the blind spot view monitor provides the driver with a clear view of both the sides and the back of the auto to facilitate a safer lane change maneuver. And it displays side and rear views on the center dash display while the vehicle changes lanes either way. Another system is a self-driving system for single lanes.

The lane follow assist, as the name suggests, helps the auto maintain its lane autonomously by detecting lane markings or road edges and automatically giving mild steering inputs to be in the center of the lane. Hyundai Motor Company has already taken a lead in hydrogen technology with introduction of ix35 fuel cell. In conjunction with highway driving assist, which utilises sensors and map data to automatically adjust speed in limited environments, it functions as a safety aid, rather than as a partially autonomous driving system.

Remote smart parking assist. RSPA can even back a Nexo into a perpendicular parking spot while the driver stands on the curb and pushes a button on the key fob.

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