Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered Nexo can drive further and charge faster than a Tesla

Hyundai has been part of the handful of automakers pushing fuel cell electric vehicles for years now. The Hyundai Nexo is its latest effort to go up against competition from the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, as well as upcoming models from the likes of Mercedes-Benz. This time, Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle is armed with a bigger range and new driver assistance tech.

Unveiled Monday at CES, the Nexo picks up the space left by the Tucson FCEV, Hyundai’s first attempt at a mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle that was available for customers in some parts of North America, Europe and Asia to lease. While the Nexo has similar proportions to the current Tucson compact SUV, it sits on its own platform that Hyundai says allows for the powertrain and fuel tanks to be better packaged, as well as a reduction in weight. This enables more passenger space, better aerodynamics and improved acceleration and efficiency.

Compared to the Tucson FCEV, Hyundai says the Nexo has a 20 percent better 0-60 mph time and has a top speed that’s 25 percent higher than the old car. While that 0-60 time is down to 9.5 seconds and well off that of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell’s, it’s at least in the ballpark of something like a Toyota Prius. And, of course, that level of performance allows for a range of 370 miles before you need to stop at a hydrogen filling station (nearly all of which are in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas right now) for five minutes to fuel up and keep going.

 
 
 

Hyundai is also using the Nexo to launch some of their new driver assistance technologies. The Remote Smart Parking Assistant allows drivers to park or retrieve their vehicle by pressing a button in the vehicle or through an app, with the Nexo moving autonomously for a limited distance. Companies such as BMW and Tesla have marketed similar technology.

The Nexo also introduces a lane following system and Highway Driving Assistant to a Hyundai model, allowing the vehicle to stay centered in its lane at up to 90 mph without the need to follow another vehicle. Hyundai says the driving assistant also uses sensors and map data to automatically adjust speed if necessary. But for actively changing lanes or parking, a wide-angle camera for the blind spot monitor covers areas not seen by traditional mirrors.

 

Hyundai says the Nexo will be available in select markets early this year. The company previously marketed the Tucson FCEV in California, and the related ix35 Fuel Cell in 11 European countries, Australia and South Korea. Expect similar availability for the Nexo, although automakers marketing fuel cell vehicles are pushing for more filling stations in more markets. It may prove a more attractive proposition to rivaling Honda and Toyota fuel cell sedans because its SUV shape offers more practicality and a style many new car shoppers are looking for.

The Nexo is also one of 18 “eco-friendly models” Hyundai will launch globally by 2025, already kicked off by the Ioniq line of plug-ins and hybrids. Like many automakers, Hyundai is exploring many options as internal combustion engines face an uncertain future.

Hyundai plans 38 EVs as it aims to catch up with rivals

Hyundai and its affiliate Kia have revealed ambitious plans to bring as many as 38 green cars to market in the next eight years, with seven models slated for launch in the next five. Most of them will be electric vehicles, senior vice president Lee Ki-sang told reporters last week, adding to the company's current green line-up of the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul, several plug-in hybrids and the hydrogen-based fuel-cell ix35.

For a company that has dragged its feet on the green vehicle landscape, 38 is a lot. However, it says it's taken its time (more than a decade) researching and developing green technology that fits within its brand. And credit where it's due, the manufacturer has bought to market relatively inexpensive cars that make the technology and its benefits accessible to the mainstream. And there's take-up: the company sold 186,000 green vehicles in the first nine months of the year.

However, the company is still trailing behind its competitors. VW, for example, plans to build electric versions of all of its models by 2030. GM says it's developing battery-only versions of 20 of its cars, due to hit the market by 2020. Renault, BMW and Daimler are all already following suit. Speaking to Bloomberg, Kim Phil-soo, a professor of automotive engineering at Daelim University near Seoul, said, "Hyundai should have become a first mover of EVs, but it is still staying as a fast follower," and added that the company is "late by about three years". If it realizes its ambitious plans, though, the company could emerge as an unlikely leader in the field.

Source: Engadget

Hyundai Concepts Cover The Bases At SEMA

SEMA has become the go to show for automakers looking to spice up their public image. Hyundai latched onto the Las Vegas aftermarket exhibition three years ago and this year was back with a raft of new show cars.

The Elantra Sport is the basis for a concept developed with Blood Type Racing.

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The company added methanol injection, intake, exhaust and intercooler technologies, tuned suspension and full aero kit. Despite the hard-core performance modifications, the supplier says the car does not sacrifice daily drivability. Sam Lee, product manager, Blood Type Racing notes: “Building upon the well-developed Elantra Sport platform, powertrain and design fundamentals, we’ve given enthusiasts a new vision of where this affordable sport compact wants to go.”

A company called Vaccar has transformed the Tucson Sport into a new crossover concept. The vehicle upgrades the powertrain, design, infotainment and suspension and adds a full aero kit.

Going for a more extreme off-road approach, the Rockstar Energy Moab concept builds on Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport. It is designed to tackle trails in Moab, Utah, considered one of the world’s most challenging off-road regions.

“The Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Concept was specifically designed to withstand the extraordinary demands of Moab off-road terrain,” said Nic Ashby, Rockstar Marketing. “Leveraging the outstanding Santa Fe Sport platform and powertrain, we definitely pushed its capabilities to new limits to conquer the pinnacle of challenges at Moab.”

Not all Hyundai’s SEMA concepts were performance oriented. The ‘HyperEconiq Ioniq’ was designed by Bisimoto Engineering to take Hyundai’s fuel efficient Ioniq and dramatically increase its mileage. With a focus of aerodynamic improvements and other mechanical changes, the concept ups the Ioniq’s standard 59 mpg capability to more than 80 mpg.

 
Source: Forbes

Hyundai launches electric car sharing service -starting with 100 Ioniq EVs in Amsterdam

Electric cars have been popular with car sharing services due to their low cost of operation. Some automakers have been building large fleets, like BMW deploying 400 BMW i3s in Copenhagen in 2015and earlier this year, Renault started deploying a fleet of 500 electric cars for a new car-sharing service in Madrid.

Now that Hyundai has the Ioniq Electric, the Korean automaker announced that it is also launching a car sharing service using electric vehicles. They are starting with 100 Ioniq EVs in Amsterdam.

Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, made the announcement today:

“We are proud to have initiated our first pure-electric car sharing service in Europe and, in so doing, to help the city government of Amsterdam achieve its climate targets. With the launch of 15 eco cars by 2020 Hyundai Motor is further demonstrating its pioneering role in eco-mobility. By offering the greatest variety of powertrains – electric, hybrid and fuel cell – our brand is committed to future mobility and to matching our customers’ lifestyles.”

While the service is based in Amsterdam, Hyundai says that customers will be able to drive the cars all over the Netherlands.

 

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People interested in the service can register in just a few minutes IONIQcarsharing.nl and download their iOS or Android apps. Hyundai just needs some personal data, payment information and a scanned driver’s license in order for drivers to access to the fleet, which they can see through the app and reserve any available vehicle.

Drivers can pay by the minute, hour, or day, depending on their usage:

Electrek’s Take

Car sharing fleets have been a very effective way to introduce people to electric car driving. For those who don’t want to commit to buying an EV, or any car for that matter, it’s a great low-cost way to familiarize yourself with the technology. And the Ioniq Electric might be a great car for it. We at Electrek have been fairly impressed with Hyundai’s first entry in the all-electric space.

Safest Cars For 2018 Announced - Hyundai Lead The Pack

 

 

A new list of vehicles recognized for offering the highest levels of crash protection was released on Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry. Sixty-two 2018 model year cars earned top ratings in the most recent annual evaluations aimed to help consumers more easily identify the safest vehicles.

Fifteen vehicles qualified for the Top Safety Pick + award, the institute’s highest designation that recognizes models that offer an advanced level of safety; 47 models earned the basic Top Safety Pick award.

Hyundai Motor Co. — which owns the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands — leads manufacturers with six cars in the top category. Subaru has four. Toyota Motor Corp. has the most vehicles — 10 — in the second category level. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru's 2018 lineup earned one of the awards.

Both award categories require an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, as well as good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. In addition, to qualify for Top Safety Pick +, cars must be rated good for headlights and good or acceptable in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test. Headlights also factor into the second-tier award: a good or acceptable rating is required.

Across manufacturers, the vast majority of award winners qualify only when optionally equipped because front crash prevention and acceptable or good headlights aren't part of their base trims.

The institute said it developed the passenger-side small overlap front crash test “after it became clear that some manufacturers weren't paying sufficient attention to the passenger side as they made improvements to achieve better performance in the driver-side” test.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are," Adrian Lund, the institute’s president, said in a statement. "Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we're confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side."

The institute's headlight evaluations are also relatively new; the tests measure how well low beams and high beams illuminate the road ahead and the amount of glare they produce for drivers of oncoming vehicles.

"Headlights have long been treated as design elements instead of the critical safety equipment that they are," Lund said, noting that there have been improvements in recent years. This year, all 62 award winning vehicles for the 2018 model year are available with headlights that are good or acceptable.

Lund said occupant protection have been greatly improved over the past decades. “All automakers now recognize the important role of safety in consumer choice, and they are increasingly receptive to working with our engineers to understand the next steps in keeping people from harm in motor vehicle crashes and to make real changes in their vehicle designs.”

Isuzu truck concepts include honeycombed ‘toaster on wheels’

Isuzu took to its hometown auto show to highlight its work in developing next-generation transport trucks, showing eight vehicles and four powertrain systems at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The most notable of the bunch are a pair of concepts: the FD-SI, a light-duty delivery truck designed around principles found in the insect kingdom, and the Elf EV, an all-electric version of its light-duty workhorse featuring a large-capacity battery with rapid-charging capability.

From a design perspective, the FD-SI will get all the attention — much of it probably of the bemused sort. In truth, it looks like a futuristic toaster on wheels, a rolling box structure fitted with honeycomb patterns on the side panels and a glass cab windshield that seems borrowed from a heavy-duty construction crane. It turns out the honeycomb motif is no mere design whim; Isuzu says its designers focused on the "group intelligence" of insects and tried to apply that principle to the delivery vehicle. So the honeycomb exterior is replicated in the cargo space as hexagonal tube-shaped boxes, which the automaker says is a good compromise between strength and storage space. Inside the cab, the driver controls and seat have all been centralized, with the steering wheel retractable, to encourage smoother operability and more comfortable living space for the driver. "We want to support the drivers, the front-line people of "Transport," with unconventional ideas," Isuzu says.



The Elf EV, on the other hand, is a zero-emissions, low-vibration delivery truck powered by a lithium-ion battery that'll take the vehicle at least 100 km, or 62 miles, on a single normal or fast-charge. It sports a 4x2, rear-wheel drive transmission with independent suspension in the front and leaf suspension in the rear.

Here's a quick list of Isuzu's other Tokyo offerings:

  • A 6x6 all-wheel-drive truck, featuring single wheels on all axles, built for rough terrain such as areas hit by major natural disasters.
  • 80th anniversary editions of the Giga heavy-duty truck, geared with a remote monitoring system to transmit vehicle data for remote analysis to ensure safe driving; the Forward medium-duty truck, which boasts 10 percent higher fuel economythan its 2015 version; and the internal-combustion version of the Elf light-duty truck, which is sold in the U.S. as the N-Series.
  • The Erga heavy-duty transit bus, which boasts improved exhaust-gas after-treatment and fuel economy, plus new LED headlights for better night visibility and longer life.
  • And a passenger SUV off-roader called the MU-X that is sold in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and South Africa.

The Hyundai i30 N Is a Shockingly Good Hot Hatch

Hyundai revealed its first modern hot hatch back in July with the i30 N, a Nurburgring-tuned 271-horsepower pocket rocket. Now, journalists in Europe are getting their hands on it, and it seems they like it. A lot.

Steve Sutcliffe of EVO got the chance to drive the new i30 N in Italy to see if it's as good as its impressive spec sheet suggests. He finds pretty much every aspect of the car—steering, suspension tuning, gearbox, engine, and sound—to be perfectly dialed in, with tons of communication and feedback. That's no surprise considering the man behind the i30 N is none other than Albert Biermann, ex-BMW M boss and the lead on the fantastic-to-drive Kia Stinger.

 

Of course, it's not all positive. Sutcliffe mentions the i30 N's stiff suspension, and we can't help but lament Hyundai's decision not to bring the car to America. Still, it's always good to see more hot hatches.

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