Hyundai starts US leases of hydrogen fuel cell Tucson image

Yesterday, the first client of the newly introduced Tucson fuel cell in California took delivery of its car, with the South Korean automaker saying this is their future take on the electric car.

A dealer in Tustin, California, about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Los Angeles, gave the key to the first customer – Timothy Bush – who leased the hydrogen powered Tucson SUV – which looks identical to its traditional internal combustion engine equipped version – for a $2,999 down payment and $499 a month. The three-year, 36,000-mile lease also includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and free maintenance service at three dealerships in California.

“Fuel-cell technology is not intended to replace electric vehicles,” said Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer of Hyundai’s US sales unit. “We see it as the next electric vehicle, but with no compromises.”

“I’m really excited to be able to pack up the kids and the dog and surfboards in the back and go to the beach or head up the local mountains, which we can totally do in this car,” said Timothy Bush.

The hydrogen powered Tucson, which is essentially another take on the electric vehicle – using the same motor that a battery powered car would – has a 265 miles range, its only emissions are water and has two main advantages over battery operated cars – no loss of performance under winter conditions and a refill time of just 10 minutes.

Via Reuters, Bloomberg