Hyundai wants to work with Toyota on fuel cells

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Unlike the Tucson FCV launched five years ago, the Nexo is built with a dedicated vehicle architecture for lighter weight, improved power-to-weight ratio, faster acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour than the Tucson, more cabin space, battery relocation to the boot and an improved fuel cell system layout.

Hyundai claimed its Nexo boasts higher performance than other hydrogen vehicles now available on the market, including Toyota's Mirai, and can run 600 km with a single charge, which takes just five minutes.

The South Korean manufacturer used the 201 Consumer Electronics Show to debut its Nexo, a sport utility vehicle that uses voice commands, artificial intelligence and can be transformed into an autonomous auto.

Power comes from a 95kW fuel cell and 40kW battery which combine to produce 291lb ft of torque and propel the auto from 0-60 in 9.5 seconds.

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Hyundai reckons close cooperation with Toyota in helping push hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is more important than any rivalry between the two manufacturers. The Nexo notably resembles the current Tucson compact SUV.

The all-new Nexo is part of Hyundai's "Hydrogen Life Vision", which aims to integrate hydrogen as a home energy source.

"NEXO embodies everything we have learned in five years of the Tucson fuel-cell vehicle", Ki-Sang Lee went on to say. That vehicle is called NEXO. For example, there's autonomous-lite lane following technology, and highway driving assistance that keeps the vehicle centered in its lane at high speed - without the need to follow a vehicle. The new Nexo is a sports utility vehicle that uses artificial intelligence, voice commands, and is capable of being transformed into an unmanned or autonomous auto. One can only imagine what that sort of technology would do to mall parking on a typical Saturday: 200 or so remote-activated vehicles, all honking and pushing, trying to reach respective owners waiting curbside.

According to the South Korean automaker, Nexo will spearhead their plans to develop low-emission vehicles in line with their goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models by 2025. It will go on sale in California later this year.