Hyundai is expanding its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle's availability into the U.S, specifically to Capitol Hyundai of San Jose - the fifth dealer overall to have the car, and the first in Northern California.
For now, the hydrogen version of Hyundai Tucson is available for lease only, at selected dealerships. So far, just to over 100 FCVs have been delivered in the US.
Taking into consideration the official launch date of June 2014, over 100 deliveries in about ~2 years doesn't seem like mass-market application status has yet been reached for hydrogen cars.
"Since its launch in June 2014, Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have accumulated more than one million zero-emissions miles on the streets of California (Zero-Emissions Cumulative Mileage). This accumulated mileage has helped improve air quality in the region by more than 400 tons of CO2 emissions when compared with the emissions from a similar internal-combustion-powered CUV. Hyundai has delivered more than 100 Tucson Fuel Cells since its introduction as the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. market."
One of the important notes in the press release is that dealers aren't faced with an easy task to be hydrogen-ready. Requirements are listed as "significant".
"To become a qualified Hyundai Fuel Cell dealer, approved dealers must fulfill significant additional hydrogen fuel cell requirements in both customer service and technical services."
Here you can lease Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell or test drive the 265 mile range on the hydrogen:
- Keyes Hyundai
- Tustin Hyundai
- Win Hyundai in Carson
- Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim
- Capitol Hyundai
“Capitol Hyundai is excited to be a qualified dealer for Hyundai’s zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell hydrogen electric vehicle. Our location in the Bay Area region is Hyundai’s first in Northern California, making it more convenient for local residents to conveniently acquire their new Tucson Fuel Cell CUV, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions where they work and live.”
Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America said:
“Hyundai is proud to add Capitol Hyundai to its growing collection of approved zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell dealers. Capitol Hyundai adds a convenient location in the Bay Area to better serve our newest fuel cell customers in Northern California.”