2017 Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Cell boasts the latest in zero-emissions technology.
Hyundai rolls out a new Tuscon with its powertrain powered in part by hydrogen. The Tucson Fuel Cell is an advanced electric vehicle – one that creates its own electricity, onboard, from hydrogen. According to the University of California, Irvine Advanced Power and Energy Program’s 2013 study, the hydrogen fuel cell provides comparable total well-to-wheel emissions to a battery electric vehicle. For the Tucson Fuel Cell driver, this social benefit is achieved with greater utility, versatility and without compromises.
Hyundai’s fuel cell effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack.
The benefits of hydrogen are well known required supplies for the U.S. market can be produced domestically and its supply is virtually unlimited. It can be produced by varied means including renewable sources such as biogas. Hydrogen can even be sourced directly from water, using electrolysis to split hydrogen molecules with electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Further supporting hydrogen infrastructure development, California approved a plan to develop up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in the state over the next several years. This recent California initiative dovetails with increased government support of hydrogen infrastructure development at the federal level, such as H2USA. In addition, the California Energy Commission awarded $44.5 million for the development of 28 new hydrogen stations (plus one mobile refueler), bringing the total number of hydrogen fueling stations (open, in development, and proposed) to over 50 stations in the near future.
Customers in both Southern and Northern California can lease Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell for $499 per month for a 36 month term, with a $2,999 down payment. Seems like the price of a Lexus truck. But Hyundai is hoping the savings at the pump far outweigh the loss in luxury for that price.
“At Hyundai, we strongly believe that hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero emission vehicle technology, and we’re proud to be a leader in offering the mass produced Tucson Fuel Cell to our customers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Every day, these customers are enjoying the benefits of refueling speed and superior range that compare favorably with gasoline vehicles, providing a seamless transition from traditional vehicles with minimal loss of utility. We’re confident that advancing fuel cell technology will increase the adoption of zero emission vehicles, and that everyone will benefit.”
Hyundai has developed its Tucson Fuel Cell to alleviate some of the range and utility limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles. The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline powered Tucson with no need to charge the CUV.
Along with a driving range of 265 miles, the Tuscon Fuel Cell charges in the same time as refueling – about 5 minutes. And instant electric torque adds greater sporty confidence at highway speeds.
Another advantage hydrogen tech boasts over electric batteries is the minimal of cold weather effects compared with battery electric vehicles that range diminishes in winter temps.
With a sturdy fuel cell stack with no moving parts, the powertrain is also quieter than the near silent electric motor, and emits zero greenhouse gas or emissions, only water vapor.
More than two million durability test miles have been performed on Hyundai’s fuel cell fleet since 2000 including extensive crash, fire and leak testing successfully executed.
Retail consumers can find availability at five select California Hyundai dealers: Win Hyundai in Carson, Tustin Hyundai, Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Keyes Hyundai in Los Angeles and Capitol Hyundai in San Jose. Availability of the Tucson Fuel Cell will expand to other regions of the U.S. consistent with the accelerating deployment of hydrogen refueling stations.
Tucson offers three exterior color options: Winter White, Hydro Blue and Chromium Silver.