The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Hybrid is a crossover that features the hydrogen fuel cell technology, replacing the gasoline engine that came in its predecessors. The new engine runs on hydrogen only and only emits heat and water vapor as waste, making it environment friendly.
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Design
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell has a more conventional style in comparison to the 2014 model. Its grille has the same corporate look that you would find on a sonata or the Genesis sedan. Adding to the seductiveness of the car is its six sided look which is less of an obtuse and very clean. In as much as its fuel cell is the one aspect that is getting all the attention, there are some tweaks done to the new model that are not on the other predecessor models. For instance, the rocker panel has a satin chrome that is shaped better and shares the same look with the fuel door. There are also several fuel cell badges found on its body that give a hint as to what to expect under the hood.
Little changes have been made to the interior of this new model. The well-shaped curves however give the dashboard more character and the infotainment screen offers lots of functionality. Also, below the infotainment screen are HVAC controls that make it easier to adjust the temperature defrost functions and the fan speed. It center console features cup holders and cubby spaces which provides the driver with lots of space to keep their things. And like other good cross overs, the rear seat can fold back providing more room for cargo.
Hybrid Engine, Specs, Performance
Without a shadow of a doubt, the first thing that many people notice about the car is the drive train. The hydrogen engine of the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Hybrid takes advantage of electrochemical processes to generate electricity from the hydrogen circulating in the fuel cell. The hydrogen goes to the anode portion of the unit while the air goes to the cathode section. Electrons produced in the electrochemical process are later used to power the electrical motor. According to the company, a single cell can only generate a single volt of electricity. As such many cells are required to provide enough power to drive the car. Its engine can produce 134 horsepower (100 kW) and 221 lb-ft of torque. This crossover hybrid can run for about 265 miles on a single tank of hydrogen.
Tucson Fuel Cell Hybrid Price, Release Date
At the moment, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is only available on lease for 36 months in which you are required to pay about $3,000 up front and make monthly payments of about $500. The best part about the lease is that the hydrogen fuel comes free of charge from the stations.