Hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo set for launch in South-East Asia

By CARSIFU | 28 May 2019

SHAH ALAM: Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) and Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) are developing plans to distribute the flagship Nexo - a crossover fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) sport utility vehicle (SUV) within the South-East Asian region.

Such plans emerged following the sale of two Nexo units to Sarawak Energy Berhad earlier in May and are currently undergoing trials.

The SUVs will be used for the Sarawak Energy's hydrogen production plant and refuelling station project in Kuching.

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The refuelling station will be the first of its kind dedicated for transportation in South-East Asia.

The SUV is currently HMC's spearhead to further the development of zero-emission vehicles and is touted to possess 163PS of power and a range of about 670km (based on Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) with a fully charged battery and three of its 156-litre tanks fully filled.

Power is drawn from a fuel cell stack located under the bonnet where oxygen from the surrounding air is combined with hydrogen stored in three 52-litre high-pressure tanks that take a few minutes to refill.

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An electric charge is then produced to power the 163hp / 400Nm motor and as a byproduct, water vapour is produced which exits the exhaust pipe at the rear.

Additionally, the SUV has been equipped with an air purification system that filters out 99.9% of fine dust particles as small as PM2.5 (atmospheric particulate matter of 2.5 micrometres) which is roughly 3% the diameter of a human hair.

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Also, the SUV has been awarded the UL Bio Environmental Seal because it uses bio fibres from sugar cane waste and vegetable plasticisers for the headliner and carpet areas.

Additional bioplastics from sugar cane and corn waste are used in the door, seat, pillar and console trims while bio paint has been extracted from rapeseed and soybean oils for the dashboard and centre console.

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