Looks like Hyundai will be bringing its Fuel Cell powered Tucson to the states in small-scale mass-production. By 2015 production will have reached about 1000 units, mostly for Europe but some could make their way to the U.S. Most of them will be produced for Fleet companies, but after 2015 the Fuel Cell powered Tucson could be sold to private consumers.
The small SUV will have a 100-kilowatt stack and is capable of 100 MPH, and can do 0-62 MPH in 12.5 seconds. The range on a full tank of Hydrogen would be 367 miles. I am not sure if all of this would be worth it for the hefty price tag, the price tag is projected to be about $52,000.
Hyundai says that the stack gets its oxygen from ambient rather that compressed air, which means lower parasitic power loss. Your passengers will hear less noise because there is no compressor to run it. The stack feeds a lithium-ion buffer battery like that used in the Sonata Hybrid.
Please tell us if this is something you are looking into; what are your thoughts of this new Tucson? Is it something you are interested in purchasing to be environmentally friendly? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments below!