The production version of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell crossover that bowed at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show has arrived in Southern California. Although the Tucson Fuel Cell will only be available in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Hyundai claims the crossover is the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle offered in the U.S.
While the conventional Tucson is powered by either a 164-hp, 151-lb-ft 2.0-liter or 182-hp, 177-lb-ft 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is powered by a 134-hp electric motor with 221 lb-ft of torque. With an additional 800 pounds (from the fuel cell stack and lithium-polymer buffer battery) compared to a front-drive GLS, Hyundai says the Tucson Fuel Cell will accelerate to 62 mph in 12.5 seconds -- 3.8 seconds slower than the last front-drive Tucson we tested. Top speed is 100 mph. Power comes from hydrogen gas stored in two 10,000-psi tanks (one under the cargo floor and one under the rear seat). The Tucson Fuel Cell is said to have a 250-mile range.
While the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell won’t win any drag races, Hyundai has sweetened the ownership experience of the zero-emission crossover. Southern California residents can lease a Tucson Fuel Cell with $2999 down and $499 a month for 36 months. The lease includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and the automaker’s “At Your Service” valet program that Equus owners experience. Included in the valet program is free pickup and delivery for service as well as a loaner vehicle. The Tucson Fuel Cell is also qualify for the High-Occupancy-Vehicle lanes in California.
“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,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning for Hyundai Motor America, 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.”
More information can be found at Hyundai.com, where interested parties can learn more about ordering the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. Hyundai will bring the Tucson Fuel Cell to other regions as hydrogen fuel stations expand.