How it Works

New video shows how the Hyundai Nexo creates energy on-demand using hydrogen

The Hyundai Nexo is powered by hydrogen.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The NEXO and Mirai aren't available for sale in much of the United States. However, their automakers, Hyundai and Toyota respectively, see the vehicles as the future of transportaiton.

The a world of hydrogen-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs isn't as crazy as it seems. There is plenty of naturally occurring hydrogen in the world and the technology is already figured out, for the most part. The central issues revolve around delivery to vehicles (pumping stations), moving supply around the world (pipelines), and local legislation (outdated laws concerning transporting hydrogen across bridges and in tunnels).

There's also a large education gap between engineers and consumers. While messaging concerning only water vapor coming out the tailpipe has been around for a while, the average shopper doesn't understand how a hydrogen-powered vehicle uses the fuel, and why it's safe.

A new video from Hyundai in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day earlier this week shows how the Nexo fuel cell stack creates propulsion energy on demand. This is in contrast to battery-electric vehicles, and more in line with the style of workings of a traditional hybrid car.

"We're very proud of Hyundai's fuel cell SUVs accumulating well over ten million miles in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, 2020," said Brian Smith, chief operating officer, Hyundai Motor America. "Our newest NEXO fuel cell SUV truly sets the standard for zero-emissions travel in California, and it does so in the flexible SUV body configuration that many families desire to meet their active lifestyle needs. With up to 380 miles of range and a refueling speed of only five minutes, our newest NEXO is truly a vision for a zero-emissions future, available from Hyundai today."

How Fuel Cell Vehicles Work | Nexo | Hyundai www.youtube.com

Hyundai and Toyota continue to invest in hydrogen study and production. Toyota's U.S. operation is working with legislators to change laws and develop plans for more hydrogen stations while their team in Japan is planning to build an entire hydrogen-fueled town at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Hyundai is developing more hydrogen-powered vehicles and seeking to influence adoption practices worldwide. Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman and Hydrogen Council Co-chair Euisun Chung recently outlined the path forward in a speech at the third meeting of the Hydrogen Council earlier this year.

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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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New compact pickup truck

Hyundai announces pricing for Santa Cruz pickup

It's small, but the Santa Cruz can do plenty of truck stuff like the big guys.

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Looking at American trucks over the years, it's hard to ignore their growing size and price, but 2021 might just be the year that bucks that trend. Earlier in the year, Ford announced the compact Maverick pickup truck, and after months of rumors, Hyundai did the same. The Santa Cruz will be a small unibody pickup designed in California and built in Alabama. Today, the automaker announced pricing for the upcoming vehicle.

Pricing for the Santa Cruz starts at $23,990, which after the $1,185 destination charge comes to $25,175. That reasonable sum buys the base SE trim, which comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Hyundai estimates that the base engine produces 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the available turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Other standard features include:


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz rides on a unibody frame, which gives it a better ride than most trucks.Hyundai


  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Driver attention warnings
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Speed limit warnings
  • Leading vehicle departure alerts

Despite its size and unibody construction, the Santa Cruz does offer traditional truck capabilities. With the base engine on board, the vehicle is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, and with the turbocharged engine that number increases to 5,000 pounds. The unibody setup also gives the Santa Cruz a more car-like ride and handling, which improves comfort. It's a configuration that is also used by the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick pickups.


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz has a useful bed that can be configured a few ways.Hyundai


Hyundai started building the Santa Cruz at its Montgomery, Alabama factory in June. The automaker says that its production will eventually add 1,200 jobs to the facility, and notes that the vehicle will go on sale sometime later this summer. We're heading out to drive the new Santa Cruz in early August, so stay tuned for a first-drive review in a few weeks.

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