At Autocar Awards, Hyundai Nexo named a ‘game-changer’

Hyundai Nexo’s fuel cell electric powertrain offers the latest in fuel-cell electric vehicle technology.
Updated 29 May 2019

At Autocar Awards, Hyundai Nexo named a ‘game-changer’

The Hyundai Nexo fuel cell vehicle has been named as a “game-changer” at the Autocar Awards 2019, in recognition of its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell technology. 

Mark Tisshaw, editor of Autocar, said: “Hyundai has become a world leader in advancing alternative fuel technologies, and developing them to production maturity before its rivals. Hot on the heels of its Kona Electric — arguably a game-changer itself — Hyundai has quickly launched Nexo, a new, hydrogen-powered SUV you can buy right now. Actually, it’s the latest of several generations of hydrogen fuel cell Hyundais, launched while most car makers are still years behind.”

Nexo’s fuel cell electric powertrain offers the latest in fuel cell electric vehicle technology, with increased performance over its ix35 fuel cell predecessor. An on-board electric motor produces 163PS, drawing power from an under-bonnet fuel cell stack, which combines oxygen from the surrounding air with hydrogen from Nexo’s high-pressure storage tanks. The result is electricity to power the motor and charge the battery, and water vapor, which harmlessly exits through the exhaust. With full tanks of hydrogen on board, Nexo is capable of traveling 414 miles, before being able to refuel in just a few minutes.

Nexo also has an advanced air purification system, which filters 99.9 percent of very fine dust (PM2.5). The vehicle shows the exact amount of air purified on the display panel in the car. Nexo has also been independently awarded the UL Bio Environmental Seal for the use of biofibers from sugarcane waste and vegetable plasticizers in the headliner and carpet areas, bioplastics from sugarcane and corn waste in door, seat, pillar and console trims and bio paint extracted from rapeseed and soybean oils for the dashboard and center console.

Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

Updated 26 June 2019

Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

DUBAI: China’s Tencent Games has chosen Dubai as regional headquarters for its Middle East and North Africa operations, with Dubai Internet City housing the gaming giant’s office.

Tencent Games was launched in 2003 and has since grown into a global platform for game development, publishing and operation. Its ownership stakes and alliances with many major video game companies includes Fornite, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Riot Games, Supercell and Take-Two Interactive Software.

The opening of Tencent Games’ regional headquarter is an indication of increased activities in the local and regional games industry which covers digital entertainment, education and cultural experiences, a statement said.

According to market research firm Newzoo, the revenue of the UAE games sector is estimated at $324 million (1.2 billion dirhams) in 2019. Furthermore, over 80 percent of smartphone users in the UAE play mobile games, it said.

The UAE has the highest mobile penetration rate in the world at 173 per cent – nearly double the country’s population, according to a report by Statista released in late 2018. This is a considerable figure and represents a wealth of opportunities for game developers, with revenues from mobile games representing more than half the income generated in the entire industry.

“Gaming moves beyond entertainment and is increasingly used to engage and educate, and as more gamers and creative enthusiasts enter the industry, we can certainly expect the market to develop rapidly in the coming years,” Ammar Al-Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City said.

Vincent Wang, general manager of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games, said: “The UAE’s high mobile and internet penetration is an extremely encouraging indicator for tech firms across the world, and is especially relevant to the global games industry.”