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The South Korean based automaker Hyundai has recently announced the delivery of the first Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle to a customer living in California.

Hyundai has managed to deliver its first ever Tucson Fuel Cell crossover to a family living in Southern California. The Bush family, the proud owners of this crossover, have received the keys to their brand new ride earlier this week, during a small event in which the president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, Dave Zuchowski, was present, along with the California Air Resources Board chairman, Mary Nichols.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, and we’re thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell to our first retail customer”, said Zuchowski, the Hyundai official.

The new Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is getting a 100 kW fuel stack which is replacing the standard model’s 2.4 liter four-cylinder gasoline burner. This is sending power to a 100 kW or 134 HP and 221 lb-ft of torque electric motor, which is driving the front wheels. There is also a 24 kW battery pack, which is being shared with the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The model in question is offered, initially, on a lease program to customers in Los Angeles / Orange County where it has approved six stations with the 700-bar pumps.