Every year, carmakers bring another Fuel Cell concept vehicle to auto shows and talk about the great performance and efficiency that hydrogen fuel cells will bring us someday. Well, Hyundai decided to leapfrog all the others and offer a production ready fuel call electric vehicle that will generate power from hydrogen instead of land-based power. The only catch is that it will only be available in Los Angeles and Orange County, California starting in Spring of 2014. These Southlanders will have this new technology tucked inside a regular-looking 2015 Hyundai Tuscon.
Although the numbers will certainly be low, this milestone puts Hyundai in the lead when it comes to offering the average consumer an affordable hydrogen vehicle. With $2,999 down and $499 per month and free fuel (Hyundai pays) for 36 months, hydrogen electric early adopters can jump on the next bandwagon to the future. Honda and Toyota are not far behind with similar offerings, but the fact that Hyundai got there first is meaningful.