2019 Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV/Courtesy of Hyundai Motor

NEXO fuel-cell SUV earns top safety pick award

The 2019 Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV has garnered a top safety pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for vehicles built after last month.

The NEXO, which is available just in California, is the first such hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that the U.S. insurance institute has tested, according to Hyundai Motor on August 9.

To qualify for the prestigious award, the Seoul-based company said that a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

It also needs an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.

A Hyundai official said that the NEXO had good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests.

“The NEXO avoided collisions in 12 mph and 25 mph track tests and has a forward collision warning system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria,” the Hyundai official said.

“The mid-size premium SUV also comes with standard high-beam assist, which may automatically switch between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.”

Hyundai Motor Director Scott Margason said that the carmaker will remain committed to safety.

“Hyundai and its engineering team continue to make vehicles even safer with the addition of active standard safety features, prioritizing cutting-edge safety and convenience at the forefront of the driving experience,” said the director, who is in charge of product planning in Hyundai’s U.S. operation.

“Our NEXO further emphasizes this priority on safety, which generous driver-assistance technologies and excellent passenger protection in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.”


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