Hyundai concept takes new design direction

GENEVA — Hyundai is looking partly to its past in embracing a new design direction previewed by the Le Fil Rouge concept.

Hyundai calls the Le Fil Rouge a reinterpretation of the design language that originated in 1974 with the brand's first concept, the HDC-1.

The brand is phasing out what it has called its fluidic sculpture design era, dating back to 2007, in favor of what it is calling sensuous sportiness on future sedans and crossovers.

"[The design] is so seamless it looks like the vehicle was drawn with one single line," Sang Yup Lee, Hyundai's head of styling, said while introducing the concept at the Geneva auto show last week.

"Le fil rouge" is a French phrase that translates in English to "the common thread."

"Our goal is to build a beloved brand by creating vehicles with heightened emotional value to reshape the landscape of car design," Lee said. "This is the foundation of our concept."

The concept's styling features a wide, layered hood, a mix of concave and convex forms, layered crisp lines and a three-dimensional cascading grille with parametric jewels inside.

The new vision for Smart speaks to how much new demands of electrification and autonomy are revamping corporate strategies, even for a longtime technology leader such as Daimler. 

The interior features what Hyundai calls "revitalized wood and high-tech fabrics," and "a panoramic floating display coupled with haptic technology."

Luc Donckerwolke, head of Hyundai's Design Center, says the latest styling seeks to harmonize four basic elements: proportion, architecture, styling and technology.

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice president of marketing and product at Hyundai Europe, says some notable features on the Le Fil Rouge, such as the cascading grille, will soon appear in the brand's production vehicles.

2018 Hyundai Sonata: What we liked and didn't like

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata sedan is an all-around ride with its pleasing aesthetics, smooth performance, an impressive list of safety features and available add-ons and its affordable price tag.

The 2018 Sonata underwent a redesign from the 2017 model with some of the most notable changes including changes to its hood, front fenders, trunk, front and rear fascia, headlights, taillights and grille. Some of the changes including some styling changes, and the use of new sheet metal on the hood, front fenders and trunk, and non-sheet metal on the front and rear fascia, headlights and taillights. 

Before we get into things, let's take a look at some of the changes to the sedan's exterior. First, the 2017 model: 

2017 Sonata

Now for the redesigned 2018 model:  

2018 Sonata

What I liked: 

The fact that a lot of features and tech come standard with the Sonata, and that any of them can be added. Add in the fact that these features managed to be completely effective without feeling intrusive, sign me up.

When I first checked out the exterior and finally sat inside and examined the interior, I was personally blown away at the price of this car. I've been in cars much more expensive that weren't as roomy or comfortable or even looked as good as this one did on the inside and out. The Sonata is one good-looking car, and Hyundai did a great job on the 2018 model's redesign to incorporate parts of the Genesis exterior design and streamlining the features on the inside. After driving it for a week, I was nearly left empty-handed in the complaint department because it has everything someone looking for a reliable sedan could want. 

It's roomy and comfortable on the inside, is loaded with safety features, has an impressive amount of trunk storage and feels much more luxurious than ever given credit for.

What I didn't like: 

Just because I feel like I have to slightly gripe about something, for the Sonata's looks and feels on the inside and out, it really lacks a punch. The Sport mode didn't change much, and that 185 horsepower makes it feel a little weak when compared to other sedans of its size. 

The Sonata comes with three different powertrain options in the 2.4-liter I had, the 1.6-liter Eco that makes 178 horsepower with improved fuel economy and the 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo that spikes its horsepower capabilities to 245 and its torque to 260-pounds. The 2.0-liter is available with the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models that range in price from $25,600 to $30,450. 

This lacking of horsepower doesn't stand out until you truly start to look and feel for it, so I wouldn't let that fact keep any prospective buyers away. 

Source: Minnesota Live

Hyundai's self driving car masters the oh-so-human roundabout

OF THE MANY vehicles that drove the 120 miles from Seoul to Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, one Hyundai stood out. Not because it runs on hydrogen, though that’s unusual enough. This Nexo crossover did the cross-country trip all on its own. And just like the athletes, the car was there to show off its skills for the crowds. Along with two just like it, plus a pair of autonomous Genesis G80 sedans, it spent the Games giving demonstration rides to fans.

Those rides took passengers on a 4.3-mile loop around the Olympic Stadium, on a route that included a roundabout. That’s notable because for a fully autonomous vehicle (with a human backup in the driver’s seat), such traffic circles are beguiling.

“Roundabouts have sharper turns and require both lane changing and avoiding traffic accidents simultaneously,” says Hyundai research engineer Byoungkwang Kim. They can be prim and orderly, or lawless and confusing. More than intersections governed by traffic lights or even stop signs, they require a human touch.

To navigate this treacherous ring, Hyundai deployed its most advanced software controls yet, processing data from four radar units and six lidar laser sensors at the front and rear of the vehicle, along with cameras to help look for obstacles and read lane markings and signs. As the Nexo approached the roundabout, a display above the glove box indicated it was tracking all the vehicles within 100 meters, in every direction—no head on a swivel or peering at mirrors necessary. In moderate traffic, it waited until it had a large gap to make its entry, then moved with precision and at a normal speed. It stopped once, when another car threatened to enter the circle without yielding.

Other bits of the drive highlighted another side of the Nexo’s skillful humanity. Hills can often mask visibility and confuse sensors if the changes are sudden—and a town hosting the Winter Olympics has plenty of hills. “The challenge was to develop lidar applicable for constant and drastic degree changes on the road driven,” Kim says.

His team also programmed the car to replicate the way humans actually drive on hills—decelerating on downhill and accelerating on climbs, instead of holding the same speed with robotic vigilance. The Nexo topped out at about 30 mph on the suburban roads, but can cruise on the highway at 70 mph.

Back in town, the Nexo used a 5G data connection to receive traffic light information from the local infrastructure network, easier and quicker than relying on the car’s sensors to read the signals, Kim says. The car can merge with traffic, maintain its awareness in tunnels where there’s no GPS signal, navigate toll booths, change lanes on its own, and react properly to emergency vehicles. Human traffic controllers, not so much—so when we got close to downtown, where there were many traffic cops moderating the flow of Olympic traffic, Kim took over the controls from the computer and brought us into the Hyundai demonstration lot.

The 5G network connection enables another Hyundai system, Home Connect. Passengers in the rear seats can access and control devices in their residences, turning on the lights and heat or A/C before they get home, or locking the doors after they leave. It has an Alexa-like feature called Assistant Chat, as well as a health-monitoring system called Wellness Car that can monitor stress level, heart rates, and “mood,” and even set up a video call with a health consultant. For fun, it offers the karaoke application Everysing.

The hydrogen-powered Nexo, Hyundai’s third-generation fuel cell vehicle, can go 370 miles between fill-ups and accelerate to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds. The non-autonomous versions of the car should appear in the Los Angeles area later this year. Hyundai expects to commercialize its self-driving tech in cities around 2021, and have it going everywhere by 2030. And everywhere has a lot of roundabouts in it.

Source: Wired

Hyundai’s Hydrogen-Powered, Self-Driving SUV Runs on Level 4 Autonomy

Hyundai recently showcased that their latest autonomous SUV, Nexo, can deliver Level 4 autonomy. The South Korean carmaker believes this breakthrough in self-driving vehicles was possible because Nexo's electric motor runs on hydrogen fuel.

When it comes to the future of clean and safe transportation, all bets seem to be on electric autonomous vehicles. These combine two of today’s most advanced technologies — electric motors and self-driving software. While both have seen much improvement, there’s still a lot of room for further development.

Which is why not every carmaker is particularly keen on the regular electric motor to power their next-generation driverless vehicles. One such car manufacturer is South Korea’s Hyundai, which unveiled the Nexo at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Image credit: Hyundai
Image credit: Hyundai

A crossover SUV that runs on hydrogen fuel, the Nexo has a range of approximately 800 km (500 miles) and is capable of a full refuel in only three to five minutes. When it comes out this March in Korea, refueling would mean taking the Nexo to dedicated Hydrogen Refueling Stations. The Nexo comes with semi-autonomous technology that Hyundai promises will be advanced to Level 4 autonomy by 2021. That might not be much of a stretch, though, considering the Nexo’s recent driving demonstration performance earlier this February.

According to reports, the Nexo SUV set a record for autonomous driving on a highway when it completed 190 km (118 miles) on full “cruise” mode. The stretch was managed by three Nexo SUVs and two Genesis G80s — from Hyundai’s luxury brand — outfitted with self-driving systems that follow Level 4 autonomy standards as described by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

It’s reportedly the first time a self-driving vehicle traveled more than 100 km (62 miles) at the maximum allowable speeds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph). All the while, the vehicles successfully overtook slower vehicles, changed lanes, and used automated toll gates — all without human intervention.

“We conducted a significant number of highway test drives amounting to hundreds of thousands of kilometers traveled, which enabled them to accumulate a vast amount of data that helped enhance the performance of our self-driving vehicles,” Hyundai said, a local news outlet reports.

 
Image credit: Hyundai
Changing lanes and passing toll booths. Image credit: Hyundai

This kind of performance demands more than the typical electric car battery, Hyundai global’s vice chairman Chung Eui-sun told CarAdvice at CES. He explained how vehicles with Level 4 autonomy (as well as Level 5) would require energy that could power the vehicle’s onboard processing computer while it handles 200-300 terabytes of data. “[Pure] electric vehicle battery is not enough for that, so maybe fuel cell can cover that amount of data processing,” explained Eui-sun.

Best of all, the only “waste” from hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles is water vapor, which could be collected and stored for later use.

The technology isn’t exactly new, although uptake has been rather slow because of particular hurdles. Hyundai developed their first hydrogen fuel cell engine in 1998, and has since worked on perfecting the technology. Now, alongside Hyundai, other carmakers are looking at hydrogen fuel cells again for developing cleaner vehicles.

Source: futurism.com

Hyundai unveils the Kona Electric compact SUV with a range of up to 292 miles

Today, Hyundai officially unveiled the new Kona Electric compact SUV through a global digital launch.

The company released the spec list – revealing two different versions and one with a range of up to 292 miles.

The new Kona Electric compact SUV will be offered in a ‘Short-range’ battery pack option, which consists of a 39.2 kWh battery pack enabling a range of 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge.

That version of the vehicle will also be equipped with a 99 kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor putting down 395 Nm of torque and a top speed of 167 km/h (103 mph).

Another higher-performance version with a ‘Long-range’ battery pack option will also be available.

Under this configuration, the Kona Electric will be equipped with a 64 kWh battery pack, which will enable “nearly 470 km (292 miles) of range.”

It will also have a more powerful 150 kW motor, which will enable the same top speed, but it will accelerate quicker: 7,6-sec 0 to 100 km/h vs 9.3-sec for the base battery pack and motor.

Both versions will be equipped a 7.2 kW onboard charger and capable of DC fast-charging up to 100 kW.

All the specs released by Hyundai are based on WLTP regulations, which are reportedly more accurate than the older NEDC standard, but it still might not be completely representative of real-world range.

In terms of powertrain design, Hyundai has opted for what has become the standard skateboard battery pack sitting on the floor of the vehicle:

For the battery cells, Hyundai decided to use lithium-ion polymer, which generally offers lower energy density than cells without a dry solid polymer as an electrolyte, but some see the technology to be slightly safer.

As for the design of the vehicle, it obviously closely resembles the design of the non-electric version of the Kona – much like Hyundai’s other multi-powertrain vehicle, the Ioniq.

Here are a few images released by the Korean automaker today:

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The vehicle is equipped with a seven-inch information screen that can run both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto –  a bigger eight-inch system with navigation is also available as an option.

The Kona Electric also features Hyundai’s SmartSense series of active safety and driving assistance systems, including :its Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (standard), Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning including Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning.”

Hyundai didn’t release pricing yet, but the vehicle is expected to start in the low-30,000s euros when it launches in Korea and Europe later this year before arriving in North America.

PowerSteering: J.D. Power 2018 Hyundai Tucson Review

Crossover SUVs (CUVs) are swarming American roadways, with no signs of letting up. Especially on the more affordable end of the spectrum, the segment is expanding at a seemingly exponential rate as car buyers ditch sedans in favor of more practical CUVs.

Until its new Kona subcompact crossover arrives in the spring of 2018, Hyundai straddles the line between tiny and compact CUVs with the Tucson. Bigger than a Honda HR-V, but smaller than a Honda CR-V, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson aims to be the automotive equivalent of a “just right” solution to your Goldilocks-style requirements and preferences.

For this review, J.D. Power evaluated a 2018 Hyundai Tucson Value Edition equipped with all-wheel drive and floor mats. The price came to $29,025, including the $950 destination charge.

What Owners Say

Before we discuss the results of our evaluation of the Hyundai Tucson, it is helpful to understand who buys this Small SUV, and what they like most and least about their Tucsons.

More men are attracted to Tucson ownership compared to the small SUV segment as a whole (47% vs. 45%), and they are older in terms of median age (58 years vs. 54 years). Generationally, just 33% of Tucson owners are members of Generations X, Y, or Z, compared to 45% of Small SUV owners. Median annual household income, however, is about the same ($80,714 vs. $80,425). 

Tucson owners rarely deviate from all Small SUV owners when it comes to sentiments related to vehicle ownership. They are less likely to agree that they prefer to buy a vehicle from a domestic company (38% vs. 52%), but that is not surprising. Tucson owners are also less likely to agree that they prefer a vehicle that stands out from the crowd (62% vs. 67%) and are more likely to agree that a vehicle is just a way of getting from place to place (50% vs. 45%).

People who own the Tucson are more likely to strongly agree that they avoid vehicles with high maintenance costs (71% vs. 65%), their choice in a Small SUV perhaps reflective of Hyundai’s comprehensive warranty and roadside assistance plans. Tucson owners are also less likely to pay more for a vehicle that is environmentally friendly (48% vs. 55%).

Owners report that their favorite things about the Tucson are (in descending order) the exterior styling, interior design and seats in a tie, driving dynamics, and visibility and safety. Owners indicate that their least favorite things about the Tucson are (in descending order) the storage and space, climate system, infotainment system, engine/transmission, and fuel economy.

What Our Expert Says

In the sections that follow, our expert provides her own perceptions about how the Hyundai Tucson measures up in each of the 10 categories that comprise the 2017 APEAL Study.

Exterior

The Tucson’s exterior appearance is the number one thing that satisfies owners, and it’s for good reason. Hyundai’s comparatively mature and sophisticated design lacks the funky weirdness embraced by most subcompact crossovers, giving the Tucson a grown-up appearance. Handsome without overtly seeking attention, pleasing many while offending few, the Tucson is a good-looking CUV with upscale appeal.

Interior

With its black-on-black interior color, my test vehicle’s cabin seemed plain and minimalistic in almost every way. Silver plastic trim surrounding the vents and some of the other controls is the only relief from the monotony. Some people prefer this uncluttered look, with no seams around the dashboard top or any variances in textures, but I’m not among them. Choose a gray or beige interior if you seek greater contrast. 

While I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the interior materials in Hyundais I’ve driven as of late, the Tucson’s cabin clearly didn’t reach for higher aspirations than what its price point would suggest. The plastics looked inexpensive and felt insubstantial, and several controls suggested an unbecoming flimsiness. As such, the Tucson is competitive with subcompact CUVs when it comes to refinement of interior materials, rather than traditional compact models.

Seats

Up front, the Tucson’s seats are flat and mildly bolstered, with decent cushioning. Heated cloth seats are always a pleasant surprise, too, and if you get Gray or Beige cloth, it features stain- and odor-resistant fabric. 

I was able to find a good driving position thanks to the 8-way power adjustable seat, but my long-limbed husband couldn’t get the right combination of height and distance from the steering wheel that he prefers. The test vehicle’s front passenger’s seat lacked a seat height adjustment, supplying too low a position. Choose SEL Plus or Limited trim to obtain an 8-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat.

In the rear seat, there’s good room for two people, but three will have a hard time fitting. Thigh support is decent, and features like an available panoramic sunroof and rear air conditioning vents should prove appealing. 

Climate Control System

Upgrade to SEL Plus, Value Edition, or Limited trim, and a dual-zone climate control system comes standard. 

The test vehicle had this setup, the temperature controls comprised of two knobs with buttons for other functions arrayed between them. Everything was clearly marked and easy to use, and the Tucson includes a Clean Air ionizer feature. In my experience, I’ve found this fairly ineffective in controlling odors, whether they come from outside or from my children.

During testing under mild weather conditions, the system had no trouble warming or cooling the cabin as was needed. 

Infotainment System

My Value Edition test vehicle didn’t have all the bells and whistles that come with upper trim levels, so I could not assess the navigation system or the Infinity premium sound system that are included with SEL Plus and Limited trim.

It did, however, have a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, providing access to navigation and communication through my iPhone and data plan. Also, the standard sound system’s quality was good enough for me. Therefore, I didn’t feel the upgrade available in top trims was necessary. 

Better yet, traditional power/volume and tuning knobs flank the large main menu buttons under the screen, and everything is intuitive and easy to use while driving. Hyundai also provides SEL Plus and Limited trims with free Blue Link subscription services for three full years.

Frankly, I don’t know why so many Tucson owners appear to be unhappy with their infotainment systems. I think it’s great.

Storage and Space

If you choose a small vehicle, you’re going to get a small cargo area, so I’m a bit confused as to why Tucson owners give their SUVs middling marks for storage. 

While it can’t match compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, or Toyota RAV4 in terms of space (get the Santa Fe Sport if you want something that size), I thought the Tucson’s cargo area was both roomy and flexible. Behind the rear seats, the Tucson provides 31 cu.-ft. of volume. Fold the rear seats to access 61.9 cu.-ft. of space.

My test vehicle was equipped with a hands-free power opening rear liftgate that activates when you stand near the rear of the Tucson with the key on your person. It’s a convenient feature if your hands and arms are full of parcels and bags, and you don’t have to wave your feet around in an awkward dance, which can be downright dangerous on ice and snow. 

Inside, Hyundai provides storage bins and cubbies throughout the cabin, and while they weren’t big, there were enough of them to keep small belongings in check.

Visibility and Safety

Based on my time with the Tucson, the only noteworthy visibility issue related to the SUV’s thick rear roof pillars that make it harder to see out. 

Good thing, then, that my Tucson had a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. That latter feature is relatively new to Americans, sounding an alarm when a vehicle is approaching from behind at a comparatively rapid rate of speed, which would make a lane change unwise. Hyundai includes this feature with SEL Plus, Value Edition, and Limited trim.

In crash testing, the Tucson earns a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA. In order to help prevent a collision from occurring in the first place, an automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection is available for the Tucson, but you need to get the Limited trim and upgrade it with the Ultimate package.

Engine/Transmission

J.D. Power data shows that aside from fuel economy, the Tucson’s drivetrain is the source of the greatest dissatisfaction with ownership, and I think I know why.

The standard engine is a relatively underpowered 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is an option.

Upgrade to Value Edition or Limited trim, and you’ll get a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder supplying 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s satisfactory, but it comes only with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which can cause consternation if you’re unfamiliar with a DCT’s quirks. Personally, I’m not a fan of DCTs, as they tend to lurch and behave less smoothly than traditional automatics.

Front-drive is standard with the turbocharged engine. My test vehicle had the optional all-wheel-drive system, but as with most crossovers the front wheels get the power the majority of the time. Hyundai gives you a “Lock” mode that distributes the power evenly for improved traction in the slippery stuff. 

The turbocharged Tucson does feel livelier than many competitors, but delivery of that power isn’t as linear as you’d expect. Turbo lag is evident in the lower end of the rev range and the DCT is characteristically hesitant upon launch, so you’ll have to adjust to its unique traits in order to find happiness. 

Fuel Economy

One reason Hyundai uses a DCT with the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is to maximize fuel economy. Does it do the trick? Not according to my experience.

The EPA says that a turbocharged Tucson with AWD should get about 24 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the open road, with a combined average of 25 mpg. I got 23.3 on my test loop, which is comprised of various types of driving conditions. 

Usually, test vehicles match or exceed their combined rating on my loop. In this case, the Tucson Value Edition didn’t even hit its city number. Therefore, its no surprise that Tucson owners complain the most about their car’s spendthrift ways. Hyundai needs to do better with regard to delivering on its promises.

Driving Dynamics

Composed and zippy around town, the Tucson delivers a smooth ride and nimble urban handling. You will notice quite a bit of road and engine noise, especially on the highway, but vehicles in this category tend to be quite loud inside.

Though Hyundai doesn’t tout the Tucson to be an athletically inclined crossover, it more than holds its own in a set of twisties. Body motion is well controlled and the driving dynamics inspire confidence. Unfortunately, the experience lacks engagement, as the steering feels a little loose and sloppy while the brakes lack natural progression (although they are very effective and exhibited zero fade.)

Tucson owners may disagree with me, but nothing about driving it makes you succumb to the siren call of a road trip. This is an automotive appliance, wrapped in a good-looking package.

Final Impressions

Crossover vehicles are here to stay, and its little wonder, as they deliver all the advantages of a car combined along with the cargo space and versatility of a traditional SUV. 

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson does a good job of straddling various permutations of the small CUV, and thanks to appealing design, modern technologies, impressive safety ratings, and affordable pricing, it competes handily in the little crossover category. Plus, like every Hyundai, the Tucson gives owners peace of mind thanks to generous warranty and roadside assistance coverage.

With the Hyundai Nexo, water produced by the car can be used to drink

Commuters could soon be taken to work in a driverless car which is so clean they could relax on the journey with a cup of tea brewed using water from the tailpipe.

The state-of-the-art Hyundai Nexo is a crossover SUV vehicle which runs on electrical energy generated by hydrogen fuel cells. 

Unlike traditional combustion engines, hydrogen cars don’t emit carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide so its only by-product is water vapour. The water produced by Nexo could even be stored and used later to pour on plants or even used to make a cup of tea or coffee.  

Hyundai has also just showcased its ‘level 4’ autonomous driving technology using Nexo as the test bed. This is when a vehicle performs all safety-critical driving functions and monitors roadway conditions for an entire trip. On this occasion a fleet of Nexo vehicles self-drove 118 miles from Seoul to Pyeongchang, home of the Winter Olympics 2018, in South Korea.

The cars safely reached speeds of almost 70 mph on the route, which included built up areas and open roads. This is the first time in the world that this level of autonomy has been achieved with fuel cell electric vehicles. It is expected that, by 2021, Nexo will be available with level 4 autonomous capability.

 

From launch, the Nexo will feature semi-autonomous technology such as Lane Following Assist and Highway Driving Assist.

The 'Lane Following Assist’ is a piece of technology which automatically adjusts steering to keep the car in the centre of its lane. 

When paired with Hyundai’s ‘Highway Driving Assist’, which utilises sensors and map data to ensure safe operation as well as automatically adjusting speed in limited environments, drivers will be able to travel long distances with greater ease and improved safety.

Hyundai has also fitted the Nexo with a blind spot view monitor. Cameras broadcast both sides of the vehicle which can’t be viewed using wing mirrors, meaning the driver doesn't need to take their focus off the road ahead. This is an industry first.

When you get to work, the Nexo can then autonomously park itself at the touch of a button if you are inside or outside the vehicle.

The Hyundai Nexo will make its European debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai UK’s President and CEO, said: “A car with autonomous abilities, that could have the future potential to power household appliances, and that has a by-product pure enough to water your plants with.

“Hyundai Nexo is our innovative new fuel cell electric vehicle that, while being sustainable, requires very little adjustment to driver habit with a re-fuelling time of just a few minutes and a range extensive enough to get you all the way from London to Sheffield and back again on a full tank of hydrogen.”

Hyundai has been one of the driving forces behind hydrogen-fuelled cars, having built its first fuel cell engine in 1998.

In 2013, Hyundai launched the ix35 Fuel Cell, which was the first hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric production car, and the Nexo is the first semi-autonomous ‘FCEV’.

In the UK, the cost of hydrogen is comparable to diesel and petrol so it would cost around £60 to fully refuel a Nexo, which has a range of approximately 500 miles.

A hydrogen fuel cell tank can be filled in between three and five minutes at dedicated Hydrogen Refuelling Stations which are currently being added to standard refuelling station such as at the Shell forecourt in Cobham.

Alternatively-fuelled vehicles are growing in demand as motorists look for more environmentally-friendly ways to get around in cars that also help reduce their tax bill.

The latest figures from the SMMT show AFV sales were up 23.9 per cent year-on-year in January.

This has been driven by electric cars and plug-in hybrids, with hydrogen still in its infancy.

There are currently 12 hydrogen filling stations in the UK with more planned to open this year. Last year the Government announced a £23 million fund to accelerate the take up in hydrogen vehicles by improving infrastructure.

The Nexo will sit towards the top of Hyundai’s range when it goes on sale and offer an alternative to hybrid cars and more traditional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.

Mr Whitehorn added: “We want to offer consumers a wide range of powertrain choices so they’re able to make the most appropriate decision based on their needs, but we see Nexo as being Hyundai’s technological flagship that will help build a more sustainable future.”

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