As electric vehicles continue to rise and seem to be unstoppable, hydrogen fuel cell cars are still there to survive. One of them is the Hyundai Nexo, which is only sold in California. The good news about the SUV is that it has earned a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Hyundai said that its Nexo is the first production fuel-cell car to be tested by IIHS and win an award.
Of course it’s not an easy win for the Nexo, since the Top Safety Pick + designation is set based on positive ratings a vehicle has obtained in all tests conducted by IIHS. All things will be evaluated – from side impacts to headlight efficacy – and the car must earn good ratings. The Nexo passed all these crash tests perfectly and it’s also rated good for its slim auto-dimming LED headlights.
Then comes the crash prevention test that needs at least an advanced rating, but the SUV managed to score the highest superior rating instead in this category, which was thanks to its collision avoidance systems that was proven to be able to dodge collisions at speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph.
The crash tests by IIHS just show that the Nexo is well designed to be a safe car. Despite the fact that it’s filled with extremely flammable hydrogen, it doesn’t explode after hard collisions, which is impressive. How can Hyundai make the car that safe? Well, the video below will explain it to you. To put it briefly, the automaker carefully took various steps when building the SUV’s body structure and fuel tanks as to make sure that the hydrogen fuel won’t blow up the car in a crash.
Another good thing about the Nexo is that it’s environmentally friendly, since the process of hydrogen-to-electricity conversion that powers its engine only generates water vapor. However, it remains a question whether such a good technology will live long and be broadly developed for wider use, especially today when all-electric vehicles began to strongly rise.