Driving the 2020 Hyundai NEXO is like driving the future — today. It looks futuristic, it sounds futuristic, and it’s got a futuristic fuel cell powertrain. It literally cleans the atmosphere as you drive it, and nothing but water vapor comes out of its tailpipe. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? My 9-year-old asked me why everyone doesn’t drive a car like the Nexo.
The answer is the availability of hydrogen fuel. Though hydrogen is one of the most plentiful elements in the universe, nearly all of America's publicly accessible charging stations are in California, which has invested millions to start building the infrastructure fuel cell vehicles require. As of this writing, 39 have opened statewide, 24 more are in various stages of development, and California is planning to subsidize many more. Fortunately, my house is just a few miles away from one, making it easier to live with a 2020 Nexo Limited. For a week, anyway.