The Hyundai Nexo has a tow rating of 0 lbs. It is a tiny car not designed to pull a trailer.
How Much Can the Nexo Tow?
The Nexo is estimated to have a maximum braked towing capacity of 2000 lbs. This means that for the Nexo to be able to tow a load it needs to have brake pads attached to both the left and right wheels on either axle of it. The Nexo can tow small loads for example a small generator, a light-duty trailer, or a small boat.
Hyundai Nexo Powertrain
The powertrain of the Nexo comprises of three 52L hydrogen tanks which generate electricity to power the motor in the front end of the vehicle. The motor is capable of generating a power output of 163 PS and a torque of 400 Nm. In Imperial units, these are 161 hp and 295 lb-ft respectively. The advantage of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is that hydrogen can give twice the range that gasoline can give. However, one of the downsides of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is that the fuel cells are expensive to refuel.
Is it recommended to Tow with Nexo?
The Nexo can tow a reasonable amount of weight by purchasing and installing aftermarket towing aids such as a trailering hitch and harness. Although it is possible, due to the vehicle’s inability to tow heavy loads, it is not recommended. The maker of the Nexo warns against towing some kind of trailer in the owner’s manual. Since the Nexo’s transmission and frame were not engineered with heavy towing in mind, this is the case.
The lack of a cooling system will make it susceptible to overheating while towing heavy loads. As a result, insisting on towing would cause damage to the Nexo’s powertrain. Towing with the Nexo could result in permanent damage to the vehicle’s frame. Towing unbraked loads is not recommended because the brakes can quickly wear out. Towing will also necessitate more regular maintenance, as towing puts a strain on the vehicle’s transmission and powertrain.
The Hyundai Nexo is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV manufactured by Hyundai, a South Korean car manufacturer. It was released at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It was set to replace the Hyundai Tucson as the flagship for Hyundai’s range of eco-cars. It is powered by hydrogen fuel cells which produce electricity to power the electric motor.
In conclusion, with the installation of a hitch and brace, the Nexo will tow a full braked load of 2000 lbs. Tiny loads, such as a teardrop trailer; can be towed by the Nexo. The hydrogen fuel cells of the Nexo work by converting hydrogen into electricity, and then using that electricity to power the motor of the vehicle.
However, just because the Nexo can tow does not mean that it should be done regularly, as the vehicle’s designers did not consider towing when designing the vehicle. Towing causes significant wear and tear on various parts of the car, including the powertrain, the frame, and the brakes.
Towing is generally not recommended on such small vehicles because it puts a lot of strain on the powertrain, so anyone who insists on towing with the Nexo does so at their own risk.