Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai Tucson to Arrive in 2015

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South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced plans to introduce a fuel-cell-powered version of its Hyundai Tucson compact SUV starting 2015.
If Hyundai manages to pull this throw, it will become the first automobile manufacturer to mass produce a hydrogen-powered vehicle. “One of our biggest FCEV differentiators for us is that Hyundai is the first automaker to launch assembly line production of a fuel-cell vehicle,” Derek Joyce, Hyundai’s manager of product public relations, told

Aiming to sell only 1,000 units of the Tucson FCEV in 2015, Hyundai hopes to deliver around 10,000 such vehicles a year. Although official specs are far from being released, the Koreans claim that the Tucson FCEV will have a range of 369 miles (594 km) and a combined EPA fuel-economy rating of 71 mpg. The crossover will reportedly operate in temperatures from minus 4 to 104 degrees (-20 to +40 Celsius).

“As far as consumer sales and leasing, these plans will take shape over the next few years as the hydrogen fueling infrastructure grows, making refueling more convenient for a larger group of consumers," Joyce said, adding that the company will be looking for fleet partners in California at first.

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