IIn celebration of Earth Day 2017, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have again surpassed an important threshold, accumulating more than two million miles (3.21 million kilometres) on the roads and highways of both Southern and Northern California.
These fuel cell crossovers have emitted only clean water vapour, and by so doing, have replaced approximately 760 tons of CO2 emissions that would have been emitted by vehicles of similar size and capability. Hyundai has delivered more than 140 Tucson Fuel Cell crossovers since its introduction as the first mass-produced fuel cell car in the US market in 2014.
Hyundai service engineers, with permission from vehicle owners, receive periodic mileage updates from Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles in Southern California, allowing them to calculate cumulative mileage totals as needed to assess fuel cell stack maintenance status.
Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell is claimed to have a number of advantages over some other alternative fuels. The energy-rich hydrogen fuel provides an estimated driving range of 265 miles (426 kilometres) between fill-ups, similar to many gasoline vehicles. Furthermore, both fuel cell driving range and vehicle performance are minimally affected by either extreme hot or cold ambient temperatures, giving owners an extra measure of peace of mind as they go about their day.
Even more important for consumers transitioning from gasoline vehicles, the Tucson Fuel Cell can be refilled with hydrogen in less than five minutes – about the same time as a typical gasoline vehicle.
Finally, fuel cell vehicles, due to their compact, relatively lightweight fuel cell stack design, are completely production-scalable from very small to very large vehicles, such as urban-focused mini-compact cars all the way to full-size buses and trucks.
Check out Hyundai’s next-generation hydrogen-powered car.