Hyundai Delivers First 2019 NEXO Fuel Cell SUV

Yong-woo (William) Lee, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, congratulates Tom Hochrad of Ventura, Calif., the first customer to receive the all-new Hyundai Nexo.
Yong-woo (William) Lee, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, congratulates Tom Hochrad of Ventura, Calif., the first customer to receive the all-new Hyundai Nexo.

Hyundai delivered Friday its first NEXO fuel cell SUV to a former scientist eager to add the benefits of this zero-emissions vehicle to his environment-friendly lifestyle.

Customer Tom Hochrad of Ventura, California picked up his new SUV at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys to become the first U.S. customer to drive off in the new NEXO, which is claimed to be the only mass-produced fuel cell SUV for the U.S. market, boasting a range up to 380 miles.

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Hyundai says Mr. Hochrad isn’t the typical automotive buyer, yet he’s the sort of customer looking to drive a zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicle. More than 15 years ago, he purchased his first hybrid car and over the years has driven dedicated electric vehicles as well. His new NEXO will deliver about five times the driving range of his first all-electric car.

A fuel cell vehicle uses a fuel cell to power an electric drive system while a hybrid vehicle is fitted with a fuel cell and a battery.

According to Hyundai, NEXO can be leased for $399 (Blue model) or $449 (Limited model) for 36 months and can be purchased for $58,300.

Photo: Hyundai

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