The Hyundai Tucson FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) which was launched in Southern California in June 2014 has set a land speed record for production fuel cell SUV. At 152.2 kmph (94.6 mph) the record speed may not seem much in the real world context but the fact that it achieved the mentioned speed without emitting CO2 makes it a commendable feat.
The record setting attempt took place at the Saggy Dry Lake Bed in California and the crossover was driven by an unnamed driver. The hydrogen fuel-cell powers a 134 hp electric motor driving the front wheels. The torque output stands at 221 Nm. The zero emissions vehicle has a range of 426 km on a full tank of hydrogen and is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 12.5 seconds.
The vehicle is available in Southern California for a down payment of USD 2,999 (around INR 2 lakhs) and a monthly lease installment of USD 499 (around INR 33,500) for a 36-month term. You also get an unlimited supply of hydrogen fuel and ‘At Your Service Valet Maintenance’.
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So far, Hyundai has managed to sell only around 100 units stateside but the users have already clocked combined distance of more than 1,354,131 km, thus proving the Tucson FCV’s mettle. The green crossover is expected to gradually expand its presence to other major cities across the world.