The first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to be crash tested by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has passed with flying colours, scoring a 'Top Safety Pick+' grade.
Its forward collision prevention systems rated as 'superior' in the agency's testing, successfully avoiding crashes at 12mph and 25mph (19km/h and 40km/h).
The IIHS isn't the first crash testing authority to be impressed by the Nexo – it became the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to score five stars in Euro NCAP testing in October 2018.
Hyundai went to great lengths testing the three hydrogen tanks in the Nexo, shooting them with armour-piercing rounds, throwing them onto fires, and crashing the car into a wall at 80km/h.
The company has also installed numerous fail-safes, plus a final resort system that concentrates the leaking gas into a column to control the explosion.
Power in the Nexo comes from an electric motor making 120kW and 395Nm, good for a 100km/h sprint of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 179km/h.