Hyundai Has 5 Fuel Cell Vehicle Dealers in Calif.
April 23, 2021—Hyundai announced its fifth fuel cell vehicle dealer in California with the latest location in San Diego County.
The NEXO is Hyundai's hydrogen-powered production SUV, which is propelled by a 95 kW proton-exchange membrane that powers an AC motor. California is the only state that has hydrogen fuel cell refueling infrastructure, so it makes sense that the dealerships are all there.
In a press release, Hyundai bills the NEXO as a flagship in the company's "eco-vehicle portfolio." Its fuel cell tech is proprietary to the company.
Here's a brief explanation of how a hydrogen fuel cell works, via the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association.
A fuel cell is composed of an anode, cathode, and an electrolyte membrane. A typical fuel cell works by passing hydrogen through the anode of a fuel cell and oxygen through the cathode. At the anode site, a catalyst splits the hydrogen molecules into electrons and protons. The protons pass through the porous electrolyte membrane, while the electrons are forced through a circuit, generating an electric current and excess heat. At the cathode, the protons, electrons, and oxygen combine to produce water molecules. As there are no moving parts, fuel cells operate silently and with extremely high reliability.