Hyundai Delivers First Nexo In the U.S.

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Remember the Tucson FCEV? Forget it, because the Nexo is how Hyundai rolls on hydrogen into the 2020s. On sale in the United States for the 2019 model year, the compact crossover utility vehicle can be leased for $399 per month for 36 months.
Even better, the first year of maintenance is free of charge and customers are eligible for the federal tax credit of up to $5,000. As if that wasn’t enough, purchasers are offered hydrogen fueling cards of up to $13,000 for the first three years of ownership.

Those who would rather pay in full can expect a starting price of $58,300, making the Nexo $65 cheaper than the Toyota Mirai. The first customer to take delivery in the U.S. is Tom Hochrad, a former scientist and chemist from Ventura, who picked up his ride at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys, California.

Compared to the Tucson Fuel Cell, the Nexo offers 40 percent more range. But that improvement wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for 6.9 million miles from owners of the Tucson FCEV. In regard to range, the Blue has 380 miles to offer while the Limited trim level can’t do better than 354 miles.

Mr. Hochrad purchased his first hybrid more than 15 years ago, which goes to show that it’s hard to escape the bug once it gets under your skin. But who would blame him if you consider the Nexo comes with a lot of equipment and convenience as standard?

Available in four colors (White Pearl, Cocoon Silver, Copper Metallic, and Dusk Blue), the Nexo develops 161 horsepower (163 PS) and 291 pound-feet (395 Nm) of torque all while emitting water vapor instead of CO2 and NOx. A 12.3-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation is also standard, along with a varied suite of safety features.

For the time being, hydrogen remains a long-term play in the United States because of the infrastructure. On January 25th, 2018, there were 39 stations in the United States, with 35 of them in California, 2 in South Carolina, and 2 in the Northeast. No fewer than 29 stations in California and 5 in the Northeast are planned to open in the coming years.
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