Limited to customers in southern California, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is offered under a three-year lease for $499 monthly, which includes unlimited refueling. A $2,999 down payment is required to take possession of the hydrogen-powered Hyundai model.
The company’s representatives say the fuel cell Tucson offers a range of approximately 265 miles, and can be refueled from empty in about 10 minutes. Like the Honda FCX Clarity, the Hyundai uses a hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity to feed its electric motor. Its top speed is said to be 100 miles per hour.
This makes Hyundai one of the first mainstream manufacturers to market (albeit an extremely restricted market) with a hydrogen fuel cell powered automobile. Currently being offered at three southern California Hyundai dealers, the Tucson Fuel Cell can be acquired at Tustin Hyundai, Win Hyundai in Carson, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim. Availability will be expanded as more hydrogen fueling stations come on line.
To make the prospects of owning one even more enticing, Hyundai is offering the Tucson Fuel Cell with some of the advantages of the Hyundai Equus “At Your Service” program. Should a Tucson Fuel Cell SUV require any service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle, provide a loaner, and return the Tucson FCV after service to the lessee’s home or business, at no charge.