When we look at alternative energy portfolio of most carmakers, it seems there is only one way to go – batteries. But Hyundai has chosen quite a different path with its Tucson Fuel Cell SUV. When it launches in the U.S., Tucson will be the first mass-produced water powered car.
Hyundai’s rollout will be quite limited, mainly due to almost non-existent hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The SUV will be available only in selected dealerships in Southern California, which are all close enough to Hyundai’s sources of hydrogen, including one waste water treatment plant. The owners of this Tucson will be able to fuel at these stations for free (there is only seven of them). It takes less than 10 minutes to fill-up a full tank of hydrogen that will last for about 300 miles.
Hyundai claims Tucson has longer range than most modern EV’s and is also more environmentally friendly. It definitely won’t be blamed for city smog – it emits only water vapour.
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell – Water Powered Car
Range: 300 miles
Top speed: 100 mph
Lease terms: $500/month; $3000 down
Keith Malone of California Fuel Cell Partnership presenting the brand-new Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell:
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