Hyundai Delivers First 2019 NEXO Fuel Cell SUV in US to Ventura County Buyer

Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys, California, handles the first delivery in the U.S. market- Former scientist and chemist from Ventura

Yong-woo (William) Lee, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, congratulates Todd Hochrad of Ventura, Calif., the first customer to receive the all-new Hyundai Nexo. Nexo is the only mass-produced fuel cell SUV for the U.S. market, boasting a range up to 380 miles. (Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America)

(Van Nuys, Ca) Zero Emissions vehicles are a strong trend in California and now one Ventura county resident is getting the very first fuel cell SUV in the United States produced by Hyundai.

Customer Todd Hochrad of Ventura, California picked up his new SUV at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys to become the first U.S. customer to drive off in the new NEXO, the only mass-produced fuel cell SUV for the U.S. market, boasting a range up to 380 miles.

Hochard, a former scientist, was eager to add the benefits of this zero-emissions vehicle to his environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

NEXO is the new technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio.

Mr. Hochrad isn’t the typical automotive buyer, yet he’s the sort of customer looking to drive a zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicle. More than 15 years ago, he purchased his first hybrid car and over the years has driven dedicated electric vehicles as well. His new NEXO will deliver about five times the driving range of his first all-electric car.

Yong-woo (William) Lee, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, congratulates Todd Hochrad of Ventura, Calif., the first customer to receive the all-new Hyundai Nexo. Nexo is the only mass-produced fuel cell SUV for the U.S. market, boasting a range up to 380 miles. (Courtesy of Hyundai Motor America)

NEXO can be leased for $399 (Blue model) or $449 (Limited model) for 36 months and can be purchased for $58,300. The first year of maintenance is free of charge and customers are eligible for a tax credit (subject to individual tax circumstances) from the state of California for up to $5,000. Purchasers of new Hyundai NEXO SUVs will receive hydrogen fueling cards with a combined maximum value of $13,000 to be used during the first three years of vehicle ownership.

The NEXO Blue model has an estimated range of 380 miles, 115 more than the Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. The NEXO Limited Trim has an estimated range of 354 miles. NEXO Blue models have estimated MPGe of 65 city, 58 highway and 61 combined, while NEXO Limited models have an estimated range of MPGe of 59 city, 54 highway and 57 combined. NEXO refueling time can be achieved in as little as five minutes, allowing a consumer lifestyle very similar to a comparable gasoline-powered SUV in terms of range and refueling speed.