Hyundai CEO Confirms Tucson Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sale in 2015

Last week, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai unveiled its new European-spec ix35, which gave us a preview of the 2014 Tucson once it makes it to America. Hyundai also showed off a hydrogen fuel-cell electric variant of the new ix35 while in Geneva, and CEO of Hyundai America, John Krafcik has confirmed that it’ll be heading to America and will be offered in all 50 states.

hyundai hydrogenDetails on the hydrogen fuel-cell electric model’s rollout weren’t revealed and the new Tucson won’t be heading to America until 2015. However, Krafcik did day that Hyundai hasn’t determined it the vehicle will roll out in specific states first, as has been the case with come electric vehicles.

Fuel-cell electric vehicles have been experimental for the most part. Available for $600 a month for 36 months, Honda has offered its FCX Clarity as a lease. According to WardsAuto, since it has been on the market, the FCX Clarity has only moved 40 units. Toyota has also promised a Hydrogen Fuel Cell car, based off its FCV-R concept and will go on sale in 2015 as well.

The ix35’s proprietary system features a modular stack that converts hydrogen to electricity in order to power the crossover’s engine and its propulsion system will generate 134 hp. With a top speed of 99.4 mph, driving range will be around 370 miles and will accelerate to 62 mph from a standstill in 12.5 seconds.