Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV Goes to the Moon and Back, Sort of

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Roughly twelve months have passed since the first Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell was delivered to an US customer and the zero-emissions SUV (kind of) wandered into the outer space the same way Savage Garden did with their "To the Moon and Back" tune from the 90s.
Hyundai found an interesting way of telling the world about the distance travelled by their Tucson Fuel Cell car. This is how we found out Tucson Fuel Cell drivers accumulated enough emissions-free miles to reach the lunar surface and return. Of course, while emitting only water.

So far, Hyundai has delivered 70 Tucson Fuel Cell SUVs since the first vehicle hit the US market in 2014. In any case, the distance to the moon and back from Earth is roughly 477,800 miles (768,944 km) which means those Tucson Fuel Cell owners got their roadtrips right and haven't been using their green cars only for urban travel.

In case you thought 'roadtrip' and 'fuel cell' are two opposed terms, think again. For example, a bunch of eco-pioneers managed to drive 435 miles (700 km) on a single tank of hydrogen fuel across Europe, from Oslo, Norway to Malmö, Sweden with an average speed of 76 km/h (about 45 mph).

To turn hydrogen into electricity, Hyundai Tucson's fuel cell system needs hydrogen fuel and fresh oxygen. It then splits the hydrogen molecule into a positive ion and a negative electron. The former combines with the oxygen to form water while the latter is used to produce electricity.

On the Tucson Full Cell, this setup allows the SUV to go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 12.5 seconds thanks to a 100 kW electric motor.
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