‘First Delivery of a Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle for the U.S. Market’
Korea’s Hyundai is claiming “the first delivery of a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle for the U.S. market” as hydrogen fuel cell powered versions of the company’s Tucson crossover utility vehicle rolled off a cargo ship at Port Hueneme, north of Los Angeles, on May 20.
“For the first time, retail consumers can now put a mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways, with availability at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Tustin Hyundai, Win Hyundai in Carson, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim,” Hyundai says.
During the first year, 36 of the fuel cell vehicles will be made available, according to Tustin Hyundai GM Troy Kerth. He told F&F that he expects to make the first retail delivery on June 10. Approximately 1,000 people have expressed interest in the car via the Hyundai Tucson FCV website, he says.
$499 Per Month, with $2,999 Down
Leases will be priced at $499 per month, with $2,999 down. They are to include unlimited free hydrogen fueling and Hyundai’s “At Your Service” valet maintenance service at no extra cost – “Should a Tucson Fuel Cell require any service,” the company says, “a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loan vehicle, then return the car after service to their home or business, at no charge.”
The five-passenger hydrogen Tucson has a 100-kilowatt/134-horsepower driveline with PEM fuel cell and 0.95-kilowatt-hour lithium polymer battery. It has a Type III fuel cylinder capable of holding 5.64 kilograms of hydrogen. Single-fill driving range has been stated at 265 miles.
‘A Seamless Transition from Traditional Gasoline-Powered Vehicles’
“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission electric vehicle technology, and we’re proud of our leadership role in this important segment of the alternative fuel vehicle market,” Hyundai Motor America corporate and product planning VP Mike O’Brien says in a release.
“The range and refueling time of our Tucson Fuel Cell compare favorably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. We’re excited to provide customers in Southern California a way to transition to a zero-emission vehicle with minimal compromises,” O’Brien said.
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