Is The 2023 Hyundai Nexo The Future Or Just Gassy Wishful Thinking?

H2 cars are still in their infancy. The very best method to think of them is not as a parallel to the very first Tesla however as a parallel to the GM 1. Regardless of GM in fact making an that worked, the EV1 represented tech that hadn't been totally baked in a form that didn't appeal. The Nexo's hatchback mini-crossover styling is certainly more attractive, however tech is best thought of as a rolling model at this time. Join me as I reminisce about my own which we owned from 2018 to 2021. Yep, 3 years in an H2 CUV.

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26 responses to “Is The 2023 Hyundai Nexo The Future Or Just Gassy Wishful Thinking?”

  1. Fernando Del Bono Avatar
    Fernando Del Bono

    Looks like a Kona from the future, I like it. I have a IONIQ5 and 100% convinced EVs are the way to go. No sure if BEV or hydrogen

  2. naveenthemachine Avatar


    Get a hybrid or PHEV.

    1. Wolfgang Preier Avatar
      Wolfgang Preier

      Only without fossil!

    2. George L Avatar
      George L

      @Wolfgang Preier NOTHING is without fossil fuels yet.

  3. mrgdr4810 Avatar

    I live in central California. Not a single hydrogen station within 100 miles. Fifty percent of my range would be wasted just in refueling. Infrastructure is the issue.

    1. Wolfgang Preier Avatar
      Wolfgang Preier

      100 miles x 2 x 13 US$ x 2,5 kg/100 miles = 65,– US$ each trip.
      My next hydrogen station is about 140 km away.
      But at least i could tow it with one of my Teslas…

    2. DuesenbergJ Avatar

      I live in central Sweden and I have a hydrogen station 35 minutes away. So going there to refuel is at least 75 min. Not very convenient. And I still can’t travel where I want as it’s the only station anywhere near. And if breaks you can’t refill at all.

  4. Alien Drone Services Avatar
    Alien Drone Services

    Is there a way to refill H2 at home?

    1. Trevor V Avatar
      Trevor V

      No, hydrogen is stored at 10,000 psi in the nexo and mirai, meaning you’d need a 10,000 psi capable fueling pump.

      This is not currently viable for personal use

    2. EV Buyers Guide Avatar
      EV Buyers Guide

      Technically you could do it, and there’s some dude on the East Coast that does… But it’s not advised. LOL

  5. DuesenbergJ Avatar

    I have only tested a Nexo and it’s a really nice car. Love the technology and hydrogen cars might had a future if the manufacturers actually hade made a real effort making them a complete package. Just like Tesla did with superchargers the car makers need to make hydrogen stations convenient and plentiful. I live pretty close to a hydrogen station but with a hydrogen car I would be stuck here. Fuel cells probably will have many uses in the future but just not for cars in any meaningful way.

  6. Tom Waznis Avatar
    Tom Waznis

    Saving the plug-in for the G90?

    1. Tom Waznis Avatar
      Tom Waznis

      Or the fuel cell?

    2. nev co Avatar
      nev co

      @Tom Waznis Better the way Alex said: plugin Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle allowing use of electricity for commute and using Hydrogen on long road trips when needed. Wishful thinking?

  7. Peter Fessier Avatar
    Peter Fessier

    This would remove the main advantage that electric cars have over ICE cars which is you can charge at home. I do 99 % of my charging at home. This would require a massive new infrastructure. It’s already difficult for non Telsa EV’s and most of them are charging at home too. The whole concept seems DOA to me.

    1. ALMX5DP Avatar

      Certainly can have commercial benefits though. Also like Alex mentioned at the end, apartment dwellers may not have access to charge their BEVs.

  8. Luma Avatar

    Me, currently in college getting a minor in Chemistry and absolutely loving the explanation on how Fuel Cells work LOL

  9. nurpurp15 Avatar

    BEV’s are currently enjoying all of the glory, but it’s honestly way too early to call it a win for them. I’m really curious to see how this plays out, despite the slow start HFC’s have had.

    1. Joe isawesome Avatar
      Joe isawesome

      Unless we have a huge abundance of cheap energy, EV will better.

  10. Berrymouse Avatar

    Hydrogen EVs have already lost. Nobody is building hydrogen stations. It’s DC fast charging stations that are getting built.

  11. Tom Waznis Avatar
    Tom Waznis

    Heard about the Hyundai semi-truck using hydrogen? Using in Europe.

  12. tjs114 Avatar

    As long as there isn’t infrastructure; hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are paddles on a poodle.The entire San Joaquin Valley has 1 station in Fresno County — at Harris Ranch.

  13. Joseph Wall Avatar
    Joseph Wall

    I can appreciate the ability to operate essentially like a gas car while also getting the benefits of an EV. It’s a neat experiment. Maybe in 10 or 15 years as you say, it’ll be a mainstream thing, especially for large vehicles. But, battery energy density might also surpass the weight savings offered by then. Time will tell. But in the meantime, I’m waiting on the Nimbus One EV, which alleviates the apartment dweller concern you mention. The Nimbus One is a 3 wheeled reverse trike with an enclosed climate controlled 1+1 cabin and removable batteries which can be carried into your apartment and charged on a dock, should be shipping this year. It’s limited to 50mph, but as a city vehicle for apartment dwellers that only goes 94mi on a charge, I don’t think that’s a problem at all.

    In fact, I’m going to extend its’ use case significantly with the dock by using it for my commute. I’ll be able to have a dock at work, meaning I could commute all the way to work on 45mph roads at a cost of an extra 10 minutes of driving vs the highway, re-charge during my shift at work, and I’d have more than enough range to floor it and blast the climate controls, all for $10k, with a 5 year battery warranty.

    I mention this because of your comments about the sheer weight and excess of EVs, and I agree. We all need to think smaller. And if 99% of my driving is spent alone on my commute to work, I should minimize those costs to myself and to the environment and others as much as possible. I still have my current car I can take on long road trips if need be, but I imagine it’ll sit idle most of the time. Plus at $10k for the Nimbus, you could probably get a cheaper gas-powered or hybrid crossover that matches this things’ capabilities for those few occasions where you need them, and also buy a Nimbus as your daily commuter, probably for the same price as a BEV SUV or crossover.

  14. Michael Gallagher Avatar
    Michael Gallagher

    What was the start up plug in hydrogen car company that went kaput?

  15. George L Avatar
    George L

    Aside from purely scientific or engineering curiosity I can’t think of a less relevant car on the market. Why are we even watching this compliance, limited edition vehicle that can’t be sold or driven in 7/8 of the country?

  16. Axion Avatar

    Your analysis: inefficient, expensive, slow, noisy, no AWD, extremely limited refueling. Oh, and you can’t make your fuel (solar). Not appealing.

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