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Hyundai, India’s premier carmaker, has put a
stop to its production of the country’s first hydrogen-fueled car, stating a
lack of fuel as the reason.
According to SS Kim, Managing Director and CEO,
Hyundai Motor India, the brand had signed an MOU for the supply of hydrogen
commercially but realised that common customers will not have free access to
the fuel in the near future.
Nexo was supposed to be the first
hydrogen-powered car in India. The car was to be launched sometime this year.
This five-seater Hyundai SUV would have been slightly bigger
than Hyundai Creta and powered by a 120kW motor. The 163l hydrogen tank would have
given the model a driving range of 800-1000 km.
Though the government has been pushing to
consider alternative fuels, the move towards hydrogen as an alternate has been
quite slow. However, it is to be noted that sometime earlier this month, India had
committed to spending $200 million to promote the use of hydrogen.
Hydrogen is one of the cleanest sources of
energy and its only by-product is water. Hyundai also confirmed that they will
launch their fully electric range of electric cars in the near future.