Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV Sets Land Speed Record

2 years ago by Mark Kane 25

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Sets Land Speed Record For Production Fuel Cell Suv In The California Desert

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Sets Land Speed Record For Production Fuel Cell Suv In The California Desert

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Sets Land Speed Record For Production Fuel Cell Suv In The California Desert

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Sets Land Speed Record For Production Fuel Cell Suv In The California Desert

Hyundai announced a new land speed record for its hydrogen fuel cell SUV the Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell.

Top speed of 94.6 mph (152 km/h) was achieved at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed in California.

94.6 mph is rather low, but the Korean company see this as satisfactory for a “mass-produced” FCV (100 in California and over 250 in Europe).

“The Tucson Fuel Cell is the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle, with nearly 100 of these zero-emissions SUVs roaming the streets and highways of Southern California, the first of which was delivered to its owner in June 2014.

Besides setting the production fuel cell SUV land speed record, this same fuel cell vehicle was able to easily traverse the off-road terrain of the lake bed’s surrounding desert environs, benefitting from the substantial ground clearance of a compact SUV. Even more, with fold-down seats and rear hatch access, it is able to better meet the various cargo-carrying needs of active individuals and families at the same time.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has an EPA-estimated driving range of 265 miles, allowing it to conveniently meet the transportation needs of many families in the Southern California region. When coupled with a refueling interval of only a few short minutes, the range and refueling convenience of this fuel cell rivals many gasoline vehicles emitting combustion-based emissions.

Southern California currently has the greatest concentration of hydrogen refueling stations in the U.S., and its hydrogen infrastructure in California is rapidly growing, with nearly 50 forecasted to be in operation in 2016. Hyundai’s Fuel Cell stands ready to meet the increasing customer demand from this growing infrastructure, both in California and in other zero-emissions-focused states planning hydrogen availability.”

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25 responses to "Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV Sets Land Speed Record"

  1. goodbyegascar says:

    Who needs a dry lake bed to go 94.6 mph?

    1. GasKilla says:

      Indeed. I’ve taken my Nissan Leaf to the electronically limited 94 mph on a regular stretch of straight flat freeway.

      All this announcement does is remind me (and everyone else) about the limits of fuel cells or “fool cells” as Elon Musk calls them. Speaking of Elon Musk, if you’d like to get a discount on one of his cars that can easily go faster than 94 mph, just click on my name for $1k off a Tesla Model S

    2. James says:

      You do if it takes you 5 minutes to get there!!?

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      goodbyegascar asked:

      “Who needs a dry lake bed to go 94.6 mph?”

      Hey, it’s not nice to pick on the handicapped. 😉

    4. R.S says:

      In a desert, you normally have lower air pressure and therefore air resistance than in other parts of the world. Maybe they got some few mph out of that. Also you have a very long runway where you can accelerate, and last but most important, it just looks more impressive than driving on the Autobahn and being overtaken by a smart car.

  2. Cavaron says:

    152 km/h… in Germany they laugh about the Model S being limited to 250 km/h (even if you seldomly get the chance to drive that fast on the heavy taffic Autobahn and I wouldn’t recomend to go that fast any way).

    1. Ralph Stein says:

      No they don’t. Germans are not laughing about a 155 mph governed limit. Many german luxury sedans have been limited to 155 since the 70s. That was agreed upon by german manufacturers jointly to ensure safety and efficiency as speed capabiity increased in vehicles.

      1. Cavaron says:

        Well, to the normal driver and the normal car that may be. But cars in the price and acceleration range of the Model s are not limited to that speed, have a look:
        http://www.motorline.cc/autowelt/tests/2015/Tesla/Tesla-Model-S-85—im-Test-Fahrverhalten-Strombedarf-&-Preis-194110.html

        Quote: Sagenhafte 700 PS bringen die Kiste in 3,4 Sekunden auf 100 km/h und kurz darauf wird bei 250 schon wieder abgeregelt.

        Translation: Phenomenal 700 hp accelerate the bugger in 3.4 seconds to 100 km/h but shortly after it already ends at 250.

  3. Khai L. says:

    Some things are better left unannounced … this is one of them.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Maybe it’s a secret plan to make Toyota’s love for the Mirai look stupid. Hyundai have previously said there’s no chance of anything serious in fuel cell before 2025, and recently announced more plug-ins.

      1. sven says:

        Huh? Hyundai, like Toyota, believes hydrogen fuel cells are the future of transportation. They’re all in on hydrogen FCVs.

        1. With all of 80 sold on the US to date, I hope they have a Plan B.

          (they recently announced it)

        2. Mayhemm says:

          Toyota is the only True Believer in FCV technology.

          Other companies like Honda and Hyundai want to believe but are faltering under the weight of the evidence of Toyota’s insanity and dallying with plugs again.

  4. Speculawyer says:

    94.6 mph is faster than you need for legal driving. So, it is fine as a consumer vehicle.

    But I certainly wouldn’t proudly announce such a number.

    1. Mikael says:

      It’s not faster than you need for legal driving. Many of us has done more than that legally.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        On public roads in the USA? I don’t think so.

        1. Mikael says:

          Who said anything about public roads in the US?

          Anyway this car is illegal and won’t be on sale.

  5. Three Electrics says:

    Why Hyundai would announce this pitiful number is beyond me. FCEV power is proportional to the number of cells in the stack unless the battery is big enough to make up the difference, and then only for short bursts. To keep costs down, the stack is kept too small to achieve sustained high output. Until costs drop another order of magnitude, top speeds will remain low.

    1. SparkEV says:

      That’s exactly what I was going to ask. How long did they keep up 95MPH? If it’s only for few minutes, it is meaningless! As others have pointed out, it’s best left unannounced.

  6. BraveLilToaster says:

    Wow. This is telling (from: https://www.hyundaiusa.com/tucsonfuelcell/)

    Miles-per-gallon Equivalent 49 city / 51 hwy / 50 comb

    Really? That’s it? You’re doing what for how much to accomplish what again? It’s the MPGe of a Prius. Woo. Exciting. My Leaf gets *over* twice that MPGe, and I still pay a tiny fraction for fuel.

    Just buy a CNG Honda for $8000 less and be done with it already.

  7. James says:

    This is hands down the funniest thing I’ve heard all week.

    That’s all I’m going to say.

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “Top speed of 94.6 mph (152 km/h) was achieved at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed in California.”

    LOL.

    I guess FCV is so bad that 95mph would get you a world record… LOL

    I think I have gone 99mph in my Volt’s EV mode going up a steep hwy climb in California.

  9. Every time I think if heard every hydrogen shortfall, another falls out.

    Pathetic.

  10. SJC says:

    As long as it goes 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds and will go 90 mph a fuel cell is fine with me. Now reduce the fuel cell size, increase the battery capacity, get rid of the hydrogen tanks and put in a fuel reformer.

  11. sven says:

    Is this the record for a production hydrogen fuel cell SUV? The Mirai has a top speed of 108 mph. In comparison, the LEAF has a top speed of only 93 mph, and the Volt has a top speed of only 100 mph.

    Anyways, the land speed record for a hydrogen non-production fuel cell vehicle is 303 mph.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/toyota/mirai

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckeye_Bullet