Whoever said the environmentally friendly vehicles can’t be just as fast as their internal combustion engine counterparts should take a look at the footage below – and be happy they were right.
That’s because the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell has just delivered a new land speed record for a series-made hydrogen-powered crossover/SUV. Since it’s practically without a competitor in the segment, the Tucson went all by itself for the record breaking attempt at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed in California in November and the driver was clocked at the maximum speed of 94.6 mph (152.2 km/h). Well, that’s impressive – for the technology, as the Range Rover Sport SVR will eat this kind of figures as an average while doing the rounds on the Nurburgring (0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and top speed of 162 mph), where it set a record in its class with a time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds. Well even Hyundai didn’t look overly impressed by the feat as it didn’t comment much on the record though we can do a better job: the model uses a fuel cell stack to convert hydrogen into electricity to deliver power to the electric motor. It’s also one of the greenest cars on the planet – the only bi-product of the chemical reactions being water. It’s also able to go for as much as 265 miles (426 km) on a single tank of hydrogen.
The model has been available in the US – in California to be more precise – since June last year and can be leased for up to three years for $499 per month with an initial payment of $2,999. The green clients to receive unlimited complimentary hydrogen refueling and “At Your Service Valet Maintenance.”