What’s It Like To Drive 900 Miles In A Hyundai Nexo Hydrogen Automotive?

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In a single phrase … costly. In two phrases … costly and troublesome.

It appears the shortage of a hydrogen infrastructure limits the Hyundai NEXO capabilities.

In a joint evaluate of the Hyundai NEXO, Mr. Cellular [Michael Fisher] and Joshua Vergara, drove the automobile 900 miles (1,450 km) from San Diego to Sacramento over 5 days.

The NEXO made impression and was thought-about the very best hydrogen gas cell mannequin thus far. (higher than Toyota Mirai) It’s obtained nice options and luxury.

With greater than 300 miles of vary on a tank and 5-minute refuel, it may very well be an ideal zero-emission automobile. Nonetheless, there are solely 36 hydrogen stations in California (not even speaking concerning the hydrogen desert in different states). Moreover, the hole between them typically forces one to vary the route. That was the case within the evaluate and certain in actual life, too.

“In some alternate actuality, it’s not electrical automobiles changing gas-guzzlers on the nation’s highways, however hydrogen gas cell autos. I not too long ago obtained a glimpse of that alternate timeline, spending 5 days behind the wheel of Hyundai’s latest hydrogen automobile, the NEXO. My co-pilot: Joshua Vergara of JVTechTea. My mission? A 900-mile highway journey from San Diego to Sacramento utilizing nothing however hydrogen … and leaving nothing however water behind. Spoiler alert: we completed our mission, however not precisely the way in which we’d deliberate. Be part of Joshua Vergara and MrMobile for the Hyundai NEXO Evaluation!”

The opposite factor is that the price of refueling was all the time above $80. NEXO can retailer as much as 6.three kg of hydrogen and if 1 kg value greater than $16, then, after all, it’s costly to run. Mixed with a price ticket between $58,300 and $61,800, the NEXO won’t be able to compete with electrical automobiles at comparable costs. These automobiles have a stable fast-charging infrastructure and a a lot decrease power value per mile.

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Separate relation from the journey by Joshua Vergara:

For nearly a whole week, MrMobile (Michael Fisher) and I frolicked in a automobile mainly from the long run – the Hyundai NEXO. With all the bells and whistles you could possibly need in a highway journey car, our journey was propelled by a nonetheless new different gas supply: hydrogen. See how our journey unfolded on this journey from San Diego to Napa Valley wine nation!

Hyundai Nexo specs:

  • about 370 miles (595 km)
  • Zero-60 mph in 9.5 seconds
  • 120 kW and 395 Nm electrical motor
  • gas cell is ready to present round 95 kW of energy, along with 40 kW from the battery. A complete output of 135 kW is accessible

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