Hydrogen-fueled Hyundai Nexo only emits water vapor and cleans the air while driving. It can purify 26.9 kg of air in an hour.
The benefits of zero-emissions vehicles are many: reduced traffic noise, no carbon emissions, and no exhaust fumes. But South Korean carmaker Hyundai is adding one more benefit to the list with its zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the NEXO, which is already open for order in Australia.
The fuel cell SUV, which has a range of over 650km, is fitted with an advanced air purification system, which is designed to purify the dirty emissions of other petrol and diesel vehicles as it drives. The heavy-duty filter system of the NEXO removes 99.9% of the damaging PM2.5 fine particulate matter from polluted air – the same particulate matter that has been labeled the cause of death for 1 in 10 children globally by a damning report released by the World Health Organisation.
A three-step process begins with 97% of particles being removed via an air filter, much the same as in an ICE vehicle. More particles are then absorbed by a humidifier, and lastly, a specialized carbon fiber filter with a microspore structure removes the remaining ultrafine particles, leaving air that is 99.9 percent pure. For every hour that the NEXO is on the road, 26.9 kilos of air is purified, says Hyundai – the same amount of air that 42 adults would breathe in the same period of time.