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What is the Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle?

What is the Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle?

The Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is an electric vehicle that produces its own power through an electrochemical process combining Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms in a fuel cell stack. The only exhaust emission is pure water vapour. The Tucson FCEV performs comparably to the gasoline-powered Tucson and eliminates many of the compromises with a battery electric vehicle. The Tucson FCEV has a driving range of approximately 420km, can be refuelled in minutes (not hours), offers seating for five, and has a fully useable cargo area.

When will the Tucson FCEV be available?

When will the Tucson FCEV be available?

The Tucson FCEV is currently available for lease to customers in the Greater Vancouver Area. It will be available in other regions in Canada as public access to hydrogen becomes available.

How much does the Tucson FCEV lease cost?

How much does the Tucson FCEV lease cost?

The Tucson FCEV is available through a 36-month lease, with $529 per month and Zero down payment. This lease price includes all the maintenance, unlimited hydrogen fuel, Roadside Assistance and “At Your Service” valet for complimentary scheduled maintenance and vehicle service. If the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle requires service, a Hyundai dealer will pick it up, drop-off a hybrid loaner vehicle, and return the Tucson to the customer’s home or office when service is complete.

Who is eligible for leasing Tucson FCEV?

Who is eligible for leasing Tucson FCEV?

Almost anyone! But, due to availability of fuel, the Tucson FCEV will initially be available only in the Greater Vancouver Area. In the future, as hydrogen infrastructure expands, the Tucson FCEV will be available in other regions in Canada.

How can I place an order for the Tucson FCEV?

How can I place an order for the Tucson FCEV?

If you are interested in placing an order for a Tucson FCEV, use the contact form on this site to let us know. Complete and submit the contact form here. Qualified customers will be selected and contacted in the near future.

How far can I drive on one fill-up in the Tucson FCEV?

How far can I drive on one fill-up in the Tucson FCEV?

The Tucson FCEV has an estimated driving range of 426 km depending on driving conditions, which is much further than a typical battery electric vehicle and comparable to a conventional gasoline-powered Tucson.

What kind of fuel can be used in the Tucson FCEV?

What kind of fuel can be used in the Tucson FCEV?

The Tucson FCEV operates using 99.97% pure hydrogen gas.

How much does hydrogen cost?

How much does hydrogen cost?

If you’re a Tucson FCEV owner, it’s free! Hyundai is covering the cost of hydrogen for the full three year lease.

What impact does driving the Tucson FCEV have on the environment?

What impact does driving the Tucson FCEV have on the environment?

The only thing coming out of the tailpipe of the Tucson FCEV is water vapour. No harmful greenhouse gas is emitted from the Tucson FCEV.

Where does hydrogen come from?

Where does hydrogen come from?

Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. On Earth, hydrogen can readily be found in form of water or organic compounds. Due to its abundant and ubiquitous nature, hydrogen can be produced from various sources. One method for producing hydrogen is water electrolysis – separating hydrogen from water with electricity. This process can be made extremely clean by using electricity generated from renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power.

Doesn’t it take energy to create hydrogen?

Doesn’t it take energy to create hydrogen?

Extracting fuel from any source costs energy. For example, energy is required to pump gasoline from a well. The industry for producing hydrogen is developing rapidly and research and development for new forms of production is ongoing. However, the benefit of the Tucson FCEV is zero emissions mobility.

How long does it take to fill up the Tucson FCEV?

How long does it take to fill up the Tucson FCEV?

Refuelling the Tucson FCEV with hydrogen takes a similar amount of time as refuelling any gasoline-powered vehicle. It takes less than 5 minutes to fill the Tucson FCEV from an empty tank, which is a fraction of the time it takes to recharge a battery electric vehicle.

What happens if I run out of fuel in the Tucson FCEV?

What happens if I run out of fuel in the Tucson FCEV?

If the vehicle runs out of fuel, it will need to be towed to the nearest refuelling station, which is why Hyundai will extend its Roadside Assistance program to Tucson FCEV customers.

Where can I fill-up the Tucson FCEV with Hydrogen?

Where can I fill-up the Tucson FCEV with Hydrogen?

There is no public refueling station in Canada at the moment, but Hyundai has successfully been negotiating with private hydrogen distributors in BC to ensure public access.

Are there any special maintenance requirements for the Tucson FCEV?

Are there any special maintenance requirements for the Tucson FCEV?

No. Maintenance of the Tucson FCEV is similar to a conventional car. Typical items include inspecting brakes and tires, replacing the cabin air filter, replacing the coolant, etc.

How long has the fuel cell technology been around?

How long has the fuel cell technology been around?

Although fuel cell technology sounds like a modern innovation, the first fuel cell system was built in 1839. In the 1960s, NASA became the first to put fuel cells in use to furnish power for the Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, and to provide electricity and water for the space shuttle. Hyundai has been developing its fuel cell systems since 1998 and the Tucson FCEV features the company’s fourth-generation stack.

What other features help make the Tucson FCEV more efficient?

What other features help make the Tucson FCEV more efficient?

The Tucson FCEV is equipped with an auxiliary battery to improve energy utilization. With a start/stop mode, the Tucson FCEV can shut down the fuel cell stack and uses power from the battery during idling. This setup optimizes energy usage in city driving. Additionally, the battery is charged by the electric motor through regenerative braking which captures energy produced when slowing a vehicle that would normally be wasted.

What makes Hyundai’s Tucson FCEV different from others?

What makes Hyundai’s Tucson FCEV different from others?

The Tucson FCEV has two major differences compared to its competitors. Hyundai was the first automobile manufacturer to mass-produce the Tucson FCEV. Further, the vehicle is based on it’s the company’s regular, gasoline-powered Tucson. This approach allows the company to bring manufacturing costs down and can scale production to meet global demand. The second major difference is the Tucson FCEV feeds near ambient-pressured air into the fuel cell stack unlike other designs that compress air on board. Because compressing air requires additional energy, the Hyundai’s design benefits from low parasitic energy loss in the oxygen supply. Consequently, this setup leads to high efficiency and reduces power consumption by 50 percent. It reduces noises in the cabin as well.

How safe is the Fuel Cell vehicle?

How safe is the Fuel Cell vehicle?

Hyundai Fuel Cell vehicles have been subjected to extensive safety testing, including destructive and non-destructive evaluations at the component, system and vehicle level. All Hyundai vehicles must complete a rigorous crash test program before they are ever driven on public roads. The Tucson FCEV has undergone crash tests for front, side and rear impact, as well as fire, ballistics and leakage test. Hyundai has also conducted over 3-million kilometers test driving of the Tucson FCEV, which includes hot weather testing in the Death Valley in Arizona and cold weather testing in Sweden. Additionally, the Tucson FCEV is equipped with several internal safety mechanisms to ensure the safety of the passengers in the vehicles. This includes impact sensor that stops the release of hydrogen from the tanks in event of a crash.

How is Hydrogen stored in the Tucson FCEV?

How is Hydrogen stored in the Tucson FCEV?

Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe. Pure Hydrogen is typically found in gaseous form. In the Tucson FCEV, it is compressed in storage tanks to 700 bar.

How safe is hydrogen?

How safe is hydrogen?

Hydrogen, like any fuel used today, requires certain precautions to ensure its safe production, transport, storage and usage. With proper handling, hydrogen is as safe as any other fuel, such as gasoline, diesel or natural gas – and in some instances even safer. Hydrogen is produced, shipped, distributed and used safely worldwide for the use in everything from welding to hydrogenated peanut butter. Over 50 million tonnes of hydrogen is produced annually worldwide. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and it’s also the lightest. This means that if there is a leak in a storage tank, the hydrogen rises and diffuses quickly into non-flammable concentration.

Are the hydrogen storage tanks safe?

Are the hydrogen storage tanks safe?

Yes, the tanks are very safe. The hydrogen tanks in the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle are very resilient to rupture, even upon high impact. Hydrogen tanks are designed to withstand high internal gas pressure, high-speed collisions and even ballistic tests without rupture or puncture. Even if a leakage occurs, the risks are low because hydrogen is lighter than air and dissipates immediately. Additionally, four hydrogen sensors are located onboard the Tucson FCEV, which are designed to detect leaks and sound an alarm.

Are there any government tax credits that the Tucson FCEV qualifies for?

Are there any government tax credits that the Tucson FCEV qualifies for?

In 2015, BC government introduced “Clean Energy Vehicle Incentive” program, which offers incentives of up to $6,000 for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. This credit has been automatically applied to the cost of the lease.

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