2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell First Drive and Video Review
In the ongoing race for the cleanest and most efficient vehicles, Hyundai has always had strong product offerings. This isn’t Hyundai’s first effort with fuel cell vehicles, but now, Hyundai has brought out a new version of its Tucson sport utility vehicle that’s ready for prime time. The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell functions a lot like an electric vehicle, but the power is delivered differently. Instead of being powered by rechargeable batteries, the power source is a fuel cell that stores hydrogen in a pressurized tank and makes electricity on board the vehicle to power the electric motor. Michelle Naranjo, Autobytel’s Editor-in-Chief, went for a test drive in the new Tucson Fuel Cell with Miles Johnson, a public relations rep for the Hyundai product line. The all new 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell drives smoothly and quietly, like a regular electric vehicle, and from behind the wheel, there’s little indication that there’s anything different about it. Previous Hyundai fuel cell vehicles sacrificed a lot of cargo space to the specialized drivetrain, but the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell has reclaimed some of that functionality by storing the fuel cell architecture under the hood and in the rear hatch floor. Customers who sign up for a three-year lease on the Tucson Fuel Cell get free hydrogen refueling as part of the lease agreement.