Hyundai Motor has unveiled the hydrogen-powered version of its Tucson crossover sport-ute, with the carmaker delivering its first hydrogen fuel-cell car at last week’s World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014 in Gwangju, South Korea.
The car’s debut in Korea followed its arrival in Los Angeles, where it is expected to reach customers in Southern California “within the next several weeks,” according to Hyundai’s US offices.
Hyundai in Korea said it plans to sell 40 Tucson fuel-cell cars to the local government in Seoul, Ulsan and South Chungcheong. Hyundai plans to sell more than 10,000 examples of the car in Korea by 2025.
According to the carmaker, the alternative-fuel Tucson can reach 100kph from a standstill in 12.5 seconds and has a 160kph top speed. The car has a range of 415 kilometers on a full tank of hydrogen.
In the US, the fuel-cell Tucson is available through a lease program costing $499 a month (for 36 months on a $2,999 down payment), which includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and valet maintenance.
“Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission electric vehicle technology,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president for corporate and product planning at Hyundai Motor America. “The range and refueling time of our Tucson Fuel Cell compare favorably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.”