Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has announced it will be the first automotive company to make hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles available to the Canadian public and launched a dedicated website to find its first customer.
The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) will be available to Canadians on a three-year lease beginning in early 2015 in the Vancouver area. There is no option to purchase the vehicle at the end of the lease term.
The cutting-edge Hyundai Tucson FCEV stores hydrogen gas and draws an inflow of air to the fuel cell stack.
There is no combustion of hydrogen and the stack has no moving parts.
The electrochemical process of combining oxygen and hydrogen in the fuel cell stack creates electricity to power the vehicle's electric motor and charge an onboard battery.
The only by-product of the process is pure water vapour, resulting in zero greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Hyundai Tucson FCEV takes less than five minutes to refuel and has an estimated range of 426 kilometres; both are comparable to the company’s existing gasoline-powered Tucson and eliminate the range anxiety or recharge-time compromises of battery electric vehicles.
The Tucson FCEV has also undergone extensive crash, fire, and leak testing. Further, cold weather has proven to have minimal effects to the Tucson FCEV driving range when compared to battery electric vehicles.
To introduce the new Tucson FCEV to the Canadian market, a select group of lucky Canadians will have the exclusive opportunity to lease the vehicle at $599 per month over a three-year term.
For more information on the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell visit www.hyundaihydrogen.ca.