Ecofriendly driving and fuel-efficiency are the two of the biggest trends in the automotive industry. While Hyundai has made these trends important factors in the brand’s product development, it is taking one step further towards being the go-to green-driving brand.
This year, Hyundai released the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the world.
Fuel Cell vehicles run on the same hydrogen used to process foods, produce fertilizer, and treat metals. The technology has been available for a while in the United States, but it’s just now beginning to make its way to our roads — in large part, thanks to Hyundai.
So what exactly is fuel cell technology and how does it works?
In the Tucson, the fuel cell replaces the battery pack used in electric vehicles and generates its power from hydrogen. There is no gasoline or electric plug needed for these vehicles. They can reach 300 miles, if not more, on one tank of fuel and can refill faster than a traditional gasoline vehicle. And yes, fuel cell vehicles are just as safe as those powered with traditional gasoline.
But unless you are in Southern California, you are more than likely not going to get your hands on a Tucson Fuel Cell anytime in the near future. The lack of a solid refueling network has limited the presence of this eco-friendly, low-emission option. But as the infrastructure to support these cars is developed, we’ll surely see more at dealerships across America.
With the release of the new vehicle comes a new addition to the Hyundai Assurance program, unlimited free hydrogen refueling. To ease concerns about the cost of hydrogen, the company is including use of its hydrogen refueling network in the monthly payments.
Hyundai is also providing Tucson Fuel Cell drivers with the “At Your Service” valet program, which is also featured with the luxurious Hyundai Equus. If the vehicle requires any sort of service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loaner. The dealer will also return the car to you at no charge.
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is available for lease in the Los Angeles/Orange County area for $499/month. Right now, only 36-month leases are available with $2,999 down at signing and no option of purchasing at lease end.
Those interested in purchasing a Tucson Fuel Cell can indicate their interest now by visiting Hyundai.com. This is the first step in the ordering process.
When do you think fuel cell technology will make its way to Texas? Does this sound like a car that will meet your needs? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.