Hyundai Nexo receives five-star rating by Green NCAP
Hyundai Nexo has been awarded a five-star rating by Green NCAP. In case you didn’t know, Nexo is a hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle while Green NCAP is an independent organisation that ranks vehicles on the basis of emissions and energy efficiency. The organisation gave the maximum possible rating to the Nexo, which is now in its second generation. Green NCAP ranked Nexo across factors like greenhouse gas emission, energy efficiency, and clean air index. Being a hydrogen-powered EV that emits water vapours, the Nexo was awarded full points in both greenhouse gas emission and clean air indices. And as for the energy efficiency index, the SUV scored 7.3 points out of 10. According to Hyundai, the rating by Green NCAP is a testament to the fact that hydrogen fuel-cell is a viable technology to promote clean mobility. Hyundai Nexo is the third car in the South Korean carmaker’s lineup to receive a five-star rating from Green NCAP, the other two being Hyundai Kona Electric and Ioniq.
Hyundai Nexon makes use of a 95 kW hydrogen fuel-cell stack and generates 161 bhp with 395 Nm of peak torque. This electric SUV offers a claimed riding range of 666 km/charge.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product, Hyundai Motor Europe, said, “We’re proud to announce that NEXO is the latest Hyundai model to have been awarded a five-star Green NCAP rating, joining the ranks of IONIQ and KONA Electric. This is further proof that we are achieving our goal of making high-quality, eco-friendly mobility solutions available to all. Our flagship fuel cell electric vehicle has been recognised not just for being an environmentally-friendly zero-emission vehicle, but also a strong product with very high energy efficiency.”
A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) comprises fuel cells to generate electricity instead of conventional electric power stored in a battery. FCEVs are fueled with hydrogen, which is then used by fuel cells to generate electricity. The biggest advantage of hydrogen FCEVs is that the tailpipe emissions are water vapours and heat. Another advantage of FCEVs over regular electric vehicles is that they can be completely fueled with hydrogen in around five minutes while most EVs, even when using DC fast charging, take around 30 to 40 minutes for 80 per cent charge.