Hyundai Nexo successfully passed a crash testOctober 10, 2019
The hydrogen model of the Korean company has been tested.
Electric cars continue to move forward, but hydrogen fuel cell designs still hold on. Hyundai Nexo is only available in California, but the SUV recently backed up its safety loan with the Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS). According to representatives of Hyundai, this is the first production fuel-cell car that was even tested by the IIHS, not to mention receiving an award.
Awarding the award requires many good grades for everything from side impacts to headlight performance, with an enhanced or superior collision avoidance rating, known as active safety systems and automatic emergency braking. Thus, the Nexo has proven itself in all categories and received a good mark for the thin LED headlights with automatic dimming. He achieved the required rating for his collision avoidance systems, avoiding collisions during tests at 12 and 25 mph.
The destruction of a vehicle filled with hydrogen tends to cause images of the infamous Hindenberg accident, but this does not mean that gasoline-powered cars are not filled with extremely flammable liquids and vapors. The video Hyundai posted details on the Nexo’s bodywork and fuel tanks, as well as the various steps taken to prevent an explosion.
The question is, is there a future for hydrogen fuel cells in the automotive industry? If this technology had been introduced 10 years ago, when electric cars were still struggling with distances of 100 miles and hours of recharge, this could be a different story. With the development of batteries and the expansion of the electrical infrastructure with fast charging, the window for electric vehicles using high-pressure hydrogen fuel cells quickly closes.
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