Hyundai to unveil driverless EV system at CES

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

Five years after launching its first hydrogen auto, Hyundai is ready to take things a big step forward, unveiling the new Nexo fuel-cell vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "This is the ultimate solution", he said. Instead, 20 examples will be supplied to the ACT Government as part of the Hornsdale Wind Farm project.

The new SUV is called NEXO, showcased in production form for the first time at the Las Vegas-based electronics exposition. The fuel-cell stack has 95 kilowatts of power, and combined with the battery's 40 kW, there's a combined output of 135 kW for the electric motor. It also comes with Lane Following Assist and Highway Driving Assist, which essentially provide autonomous-like cruise control at speeds between 0km/h and 145km/h.

Its power efficiency, particularly as an SUV heavier than sedans or compact cars, is "advantageous" for self-driving vehicles, which requires much more electric power to run complex software and sensors.

"Among the hydrogen society a few years ago there was a chicken and egg game; we were just blaming each other - the infrastructure wasn't ready or the auto wasn't ready".

However, Hyundai admits the Nexo is still created to be a mobile advert for hydrogen saying "It can not be very popular but it has a mission to showcase that hydrogen is the ultimate solution".

Fuel-cell vehicle features auto parking and hints of autonomous features to come. "They have proved they have the performance and there is a lot of confidence in this now", he said.

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Hyundai claims that the powertrain is as durable as internal combustion engine-powered cars, and can be refuelled in as little as five minutes, compared with the several hours of the latest electric vehicles on the market.

Unlike the Tucson FCEV that used a heavily modified version of the Tucson's underpinnings, the Nexo uses a purpose-built platform from an FCEV standpoint.

"With that, they see the price of fuel cell vehicles can drop dramatically as the popularity grows". Hyundai says that by going down this route, it has been able to save substantial amounts of weight, while also opening up more space in the cabin and improving the layout of the fuel cell system. It keeps some Hyundai cues, such as the same ultra-slim daytime running lights as the recently launched Kona baby SUV, but features a more complex front grille that's created to reflect the fact that there's not a combustion engine under the bonnet.

FCEV is expected to go on a sharp incline from 2020 onwards and we can expect the Citroen-like Kona above to be available then.

"Somebody has to pioneer this technology, and we are doing this now".

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