First Tucson Fuel Cell CUV On The Road

Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell CUV is starting to roll out of showrooms and Tustin Hyundai’s Dealer Principal, John Patterson, proudly handed over the keys to Timothy Bush, the first Hyundai Fuel Cell customer.

“My family is certainly excited to be doing their part in driving a zero-emission vehicle that benefits the environment, and at the same time, reduces our nation’s dependence on imported fuels,” said Timothy Bush. “What’s great about the Tucson CUV is that its day-to-day utility is virtually identical to the gasoline version, so we don’t have to compromise our lifestyle in the process; I can easily fit all of our family’s things in the back. The attractive $499 lease rate with unlimited free hydrogen fuel made the decision to drive a fuel cell even easier.”

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Hyundai stated all Tucson Fuel Cell lessees can drive Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell for $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. The vehicle is available at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Win Hyundai in Carson, Tustin Hyundai, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, and we’re thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell to our first retail customer,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer, Hyundai Motor America. “The range and refueling speed of our new Tucson Fuel Cell compares favorably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition for our customers from traditional gasoline vehicles. We’re sure that fuel cell technology will increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and that everyone will benefit. The commitment of the State of California and their support in creating a hydrogen fueling infrastructure has been an important part of our decision to offer this fuel cell vehicle to the public.”

Hyundai added the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell has also received strong support from government agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board.

“Californians are known for our support of smart innovations, and the Bush family’s decision to become the first Americans to drive the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle as their family car fits squarely within that proud tradition,” said Air Resources Board chairman Mary D. Nichols. “These ultra-clean vehicles play a critical role in our efforts to clean the air and meet our climate goals. Fuel cell cars are not vehicles of the future – they’re here now, and we applaud Hyundai for bringing them first to market in California where they are most needed.”

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is initially offered to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region for a 36-month term at $499 per month, with $2,999 down. This includes the addition of a huge benefit: unlimited free hydrogen refueling.