What executives call oxymoronically, which is a small-scale mass-product, Hyundai plan to put fuel-cells into their Tucson‘s. According to the company, by 2015, a total of about 1,000 units will be produced, mostly for Europe. After 2015, the company wants to reach up to 10,000 of these fuel-cell Tucson units for mostly Europe and California, depending on how the first 1,000 units go. Built on their regular assembly line in Ulsan, Korea, the Tucson’s will only be leased to selected fleets to launch the units. For private buyers after 2015, the car will be estimated to be $52,000.
This beauty will have a 100-kilowatt stack and claims to reach 100 mph. The estimated 0-62 mph will be in 12.5 seconds. On a European test drive cycle, the fuel tank range on a full tank of hydrogen is 367 miles. Refueling is said to take only a few minutes as tank capacity is 12 pounds of hydrogen at 10,000 psi. The Refueling nozzle is standard global for filling stations. What makes this car different is the oxygen from an ambient rather than the regular compressed air, which is said to lower power loss and passengers will hear less noise.
Like in the Sonata Hybrid, the stack feeds off of lithium-ion buffer battery. Joining other companies working with local European city governments like Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and Daimler, the hydrogen refueling infrastructure is getting in place.