California has once again come out on the receiving end of a gold rush—this time, though, Californians are reaping the benefits of fuel cell technology, rather than gold. Last week, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUVs arrived in the Golden State, marking the first delivery of a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. market and a giant leap in the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles to the car industry.
“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission electric vehicle technology, and we’re proud of our leadership role in this important segment of the alternative fuel vehicle market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, 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. We’re excited to provide customers in Southern California a way to transition to a zero-emission vehicle with minimal compromises.”
Those who choose to drive the next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell can lease the crossover for just $499 per month, with unlimited free hydrogen refueling and “At Your Service” valet maintenance at no extra cost.
The fuel cell vehicles will only be offered to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange Country region, though Hyundai is hoping to expand this region soon. You never know—maybe the Tucson Fuel Cell will be coming to Glenbrook Hyundai in the next few years?