Pricing for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, like the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Nexo, hasn’t meant all that much up until now. That’s because both of the other fuel-cell vehicles currently offered—and most of them offered to date—emphasize highly subsidized lease programs.
But it’s actually not in this case here. Hyundai plans to sell the Nexo, not just lease it.
According to information found by the pricing experts at CarsDirect, it’s set a price of $59,345 for the base 2019 Hyundai Nexo Blue and $62,845 for the Nexo Limited. Both include a $1,045 destination fee. Hyundai confirmed to Green Car Reports that the Nexo is due to arrive soon—in January—and that it's still working on a corresponding lease.
The Nexo Limited model adds a Krell premium audio system, heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats, as well as a hands-free power rear tailgate, a full-width glass sunroof, larger 19-inch wheels, and an Around-View monitor. Blue models come with a full suite of active-safety features plus heated seats and 17-inch alloys.
In our 2019 Hyundai Nexo first drive, published in October, we found this mid-size crossover to be spacious, smooth, responsive, and well-designed—with the sole exceptions being the wide, space-robbing “bridge” center console design, housing a matrix of matte-silver buttons.
The Nexo replaces the Tucson Fuel Cell, which was last offered for 2017; Hyundai only leased 200 of those.
2019 Hyundai Nexo, Topanga Canyon, CA, Oct 2018
The Nexo, slated to be a California vehicle for now, will be eligible for a $5,000 California Clean Vehicle Rebate, but it’s not eligible for any federal tax credit; a federal Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Tax Credit, which ranged up to $8,000, depending on fuel efficiency, expired at the end of 2017.
Although the Nexo isn’t cheap, it’s the fueling costs—and the associated logistical hurdles—that remain the bigger issue. There are only about 35 publicly accessible hydrogen stations in California now, but the plan is to have 59 open by the start of 2020.
With pricing out, there’s much yet to be told in how Hyundai aims to make the Nexo worthwhile for buyers. Hydrogen refueling can cost two to three times a tank of gas and many times more than a fully charged long-range EV battery. Toyota and Honda already subsidize the vehicles and refueling under lucrative lease plans; how will Hyundai lure in early adopters to make the purchase plunge?