Hyundai to start selling its hydrogen Tucson in Spring 2014

Hyundai to start selling its hydrogen Tucson in Spring 2014

In a recent press release pertaining to its forthcoming hydrogen fuel cell-powered Tucson, Hyundai has named its hydrogen Tucson as 'the the World's First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle.' The automaker will start selling the hydrogen Tucson in 2014; making it the first of its kind hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to hit the mass market.

According to the details shared by Hyundai in the press release, the 2015 model of the company's hydrogen-fuelled version of the Tucson will become available for lease from Spring 2014, at a number of Hyundai dealers in Southern California.

After a down payment of $2,999, the hydrogen Tucson will come with a lease payment of $499 for 36 months. The early adopters of the Tucson fuel cell vehicle will get unlimited free hydrogen refueling at the Hyundai refueling sites.

Hyundai is claiming that the driving range of the Tucson fuel cell vehicle will be approximately 300 miles; with the typical refueling time for the vehicle being nearly 10 minutes or less. The vehicle's electric motor will be capable of supplying 221 ft-lbs of "near-instantaneous torque."

Noting that "hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology," Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik said: "We're thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced, federally certified Tucson Fuel Cell to retail customers."