One of the most prestigious auto magazines in Germany, Auto Motor und Sport, test-drive the Hyundai FCEV Nexo for a week to analyze the vehicle thoroughly. Auto Motor und Sport is one of the top three auto magazines in Germany, along with Autobild, Auto Zeitung, which is known to have tough standards, hence tremendously influential to the European people. Here’s what the magazine thought about the green car, Nexo.
One editor at AMS who has never driven an FCEV drove Nexo for about one week. During the assessment, the editor drove the car on regular roads and highways, for about 1,500 kilometers, to see if the car is suitable for daily commutes and long-distance trips.
AMS simply put, “just the fact that this is an FCEV makes Nexo great, and this is a very high-quality car with a relatively longer range than other electric vehicles. Not only this car would be perfect for commuters but also family persons leaving for a long trip.”
The most impressive factor was the single-charge range. “Though I did not go easy on this, I could still travel over 600 kilometers. It would have been even possible to travel 750 kilometers if driven accordingly,” said AMS. Nexo is officially certified by New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) to offer a 750km range in a single charge, and a balloonist Bertrand Piccard once broke the world distance record for a hydrogen-powered vehicle in a Hyundai Nexo as he travels 778 kilometers back in 2019.
Short charging time was also a catch. AMS said it only took five minutes to fill the tank, which is almost similar to gasoline or diesel engines. The editor added, “using the prepaid card from the vending machine also saved me a lot of time”.
The number of charging stations, which might have been the biggest obstacle for the people who are considering buying an FCEV, also made AMS fond of Nexo. “The smartphone application H2 Mobility can easily find you the nearest charging stations”, said AMS. The H2 Mobility action plan already established around 80 filling stations across Germany and envisages 30 more in the future.
AMS read, “The driving behavior was safe, effortless, economical, and even perfect for long-range trips”. “If the hydrogen fuel becomes a little cheaper and the common misperception about the safety could be debunked, Nexo will be much more popular in no time,” the magazine added.
Hyundai marked the highest FCEV sales in the world with 4987 units last year. Also, NEXO has been awarded the world’s first five-starred hydrogen electric vehicle given by Euro NCAP, a safety assessment for new cars in Europe, and has achieved a good design score by winning the Red Dot Design Award. Hyundai will increase its annual sales of FCEVs to 110,000 by 2025, and build a production system capable of manufacturing 500,000 units by 2030.
To become climate-neutral by 2050: The EU strategies for hydrogen
According to the European Commission announcement, to become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for most of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.
The hydrogen economy in Europe is poised to jump to 140 billion Euros by 2030 from the current 2 billion Euros, according to the announcement. And To become climate-neutral by 2050, the European Commission plans to increase the use of hydrogen energy from the current 2 percent to 23 percent, as well as the ‘green hydrogen’ from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.
The source of hydrogen is important; ‘grey’ hydrogen is known to be produced from fossil fuel, and ‘blue hydrogen’ is the cleaner version of the grey one, which emits less CO₂. The cleanest one is called ‘green hydrogen’, which is generated by renewable energy. So far, hydrogen has been mainly produced from methane in natural gas, which generates significant carbon emissions.
To deal with this matter, the European industry association Hydrogen Europe has been initiated. The goal is to promote a massive increase in ‘green hydrogen’ production within the EU, by 80GW, and to lower the hydrogen production price. EU aims to distribute the green hydrogen fuel as widely as possible not only for buses, taxis, trucks, railways, and ships, but also for industries such as refinery, chemical, or steel.
The National Hydrogen Strategy announced by the German government on June 14th, provides for a further 7 billion euros to be made available for the market ramp-up of hydrogen technologies in Germany and a further 2 billion euros for international partnerships. At the same time, the government plans to invest 300 million euros on green hydrogen production, and another 50 million for building 100 charging stations.