Sailing from South Korea on the "Kaijin" cargo ship, the first shipment of Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) has just arrived at the Vancouver port and will soon be delivered to customers on a 3-year lease.
The Hyundai Tucson FCEV takes less than five minutes to refuel and has an estimated range of 426 kilometres; both are comparable to the company's existing gasoline-powered Tucson and eliminate the range anxiety or recharge-time compromises of battery electric vehicles.
Electricity is generated through an electrochemical process combining oxygen and hydrogen in the Tucson FCEV's fuel cell stack. This electricity powers the vehicle's electric motor and charges an on-board battery. The only by-product of the process is pure water vapour, resulting in zero greenhouse-gas emissions.
Due to infrastructure issues, only customers in the Vancouver area will have the opportunity to lease the Hyundai Tucson FCEV at first. However, the company plans to expand the network over the next few years.