Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hyundai Leading The Hydrogen Charge

The hydrogen-powered Hyundai Tucson is set to be the first vehicle of its kind on the U.S. market in 2014.

We've talked before about what fuel you should decide on when buying a new vehicle. 

Between gas, diesel and electric you have many options at your disposal with Hyundai. But, come 2014, you'll have yet another alternative fuel you can choose from! 

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled a new hydrogen fuel cell version of the popular Tucson crossover that is expected to go on sale in the United States next year. It will be the first commercially available hydrogen-powered vehicle ever. 

Here are some of the specifications. The Tucson Fuel Cell can go 367 miles on one tank of hydrogen, with a top speed of 100 m.p.h. and accelerates from 0 to 62 m.p.h. in 12.5 seconds. The benefits of having a hydrogen fuel cell include less pollution (electricity created in the fuel cell doesn't emit carbon emissions), more energy sources (there is a lot more hydrogen in the world than crude oil) and greater efficiency (hydrogen has a higher energy density per unit mass than gasoline does). The electric motor will also deliver 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

Although the cars will initially begin selling in California, we'll be sure to update you when they go to other states. Hyundai plans to offer the Tucson Fuel Cell on a payment plan for 36 months at $499 per month after a $3,000 down payment. 

What do you think about hydrogen as a fuel? It's certainly an exciting time in the auto industry. Let us know what you think in the comments and be sure to keep following this blog along with our Facebook page for more news on this matter. If you want to be ahead of the pack, and are interested in a Hyundai, we encourage you to visit our website

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