Fountain Valley, California – During the first full year of consumer availability for the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV, 70 Southern California resident have accumulated more than 475,000 miles on local streets and freeways, while emitting only water vapor.
This increasing number of real-world hydrogen fuel cell drivers, and their cumulative impact on emissions reduction, marks a major milestone in the continuing adoption of fuel cell technology.
“Over the past year, Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell owners are showing the world today that this technology represents the next generation of zero-emissions transportation,” says Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Building momentum for fuel cell vehicles and their real-world applications, these customers are sharing their experiences of how the Tucson fits seamlessly into their daily lives.”
The Tucson Fuel Cell alleviates some of the range and utility limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles. The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson, so that its driver is able to fulfill their transportation needs without range or recharging-time concerns to their lifestyle.
Hydrogen refueling stations are on the rise, making fueling even more convenient for fuel cell drivers. According to both government and industry experts, hydrogen stations are forecasted to reach around 20 stations by the end of 2015 and approximately 50 stations in 2017.
According to the University of California, Irvine Advanced Power and Energy Program’s study, the hydrogen fuel cell provides comparable total well-to-wheel emissions to a battery electric vehicle. For the Tucson Fuel Cell driver, this social benefit is achieved with greater utility, versatility and without compromises.
The Tucson Fuel Cell began mass production in February 2013 at the Ulsan, Korea, assembly plant that also manufactures the Tucson gasoline-powered CUV. Manufacturing the Tucson Fuel Cell at the same plant allows Hyundai to leverage both the high quality and cost-efficiency of its popular gasoline-powered Tucson platform.
Source: Hyundai Motor America