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Hyundai launches hydrogen powered Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle in US

ABR Staff Writer Published 11 June 2014

South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai has launched hydrogen powered Tucson Fuel Cell crossover utility vehicle (CUV) in the US.

Tucson Fuel Cell

As part of the move, the company handed over the keys of Hyundai's first mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell CUV to the customer.

The vehicle was delivered under $499 per month lease agreement, which includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance.

Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive officer Dave Zuchowski said Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, and the company is thrilled to be offering the mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell.

"The range and refueling speed of our new Tucson Fuel Cell compares favorably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition for our customers from traditional gasoline vehicles," Zuchowski added.

"We're sure that fuel cell technology will increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and that everyone will benefit.

"The commitment of the State of California and their support in creating a hydrogen fueling infrastructure has been an important part of our decision to offer this fuel cell vehicle to the public."

Tucson Fuel Cell is said to create its own electricity on-board from hydrogen, while offering a driving range of 265miles, refueling time of under 10mins, instantaneous electric motor torque, less cold-weather effects compared with battery electric vehicles and has no moving parts within the power-generating fuel cell stack.

The vehicle also offers Quieter EV operations and Zero greenhouse-gas emissions whiel letting out only water vapor.

Image: Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. Photo: Courtesy of HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA.