- The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will lease for $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling, according to the company.
- The Tucson Fuel Cell will initially be available to customers beginning in late spring 2014 at select Southern California Hyundai dealers.
- The dealers include Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Win Hyundai in Carson and Tustin Hyundai, with additional Hyundai dealers to follow.
WASHINGTON — The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will lease for $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling, according to the company.
The Tucson Fuel Cell will initially be available to customers beginning in late spring 2014 at select Southern California Hyundai dealers. The dealers include Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Win Hyundai in Carson and Tustin Hyundai, with additional Hyundai dealers to follow.
The $499-per-month deal is for a 36-month term, with a $2,999 down payment. Customers interested in the Tucson Fuel Cell can take the first step in the ordering process by visiting Hyundai.com.
Hyundai says the free refueling is a critical part of the equation for its customers.
"When we spoke to customers interested in driving a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, some wondered what the cost of hydrogen would actually be," said Michael O'Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning at Hyundai Motor America, in a statement on Wednesday. "To ease those concerns, we thought that covering this cost for early adopters in the monthly payment was the best approach."
Tucson Fuel Cell lessees also will get all the same services of the Hyundai Equus "At Your Service" valet program. If the vehicle requires service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loaner, then return the customer's car after service to their home or business at no charge.
The Tucson Fuel Cell has an estimated driving range of 250-300 miles and is capable of full refueling in under 10 minutes, according to Hyundai.
Hyundai said it is rolling out the alternative-fuel vehicle "to alleviate the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles."
"The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson, so that its driver is able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range or recharge-time compromises to their lifestyle," Hyundai said.
The key competitor to the Tucson Fuel Cell is the 2014 Honda FCX Clarity, a hydrogen fuel cell-electric-powered sedan currently available on a limited retail basis in Southern California.
Toyota unveiled its Fuel Cell Concept sedan, another competitor to the Tucson Fuel Cell, at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. Earlier this month, the Japanese automaker said it will bring the Toyota Fuel Cell vehicle to market in 2015 at an "affordable price."
The U.S. Energy Department says fuel-cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen "have the potential to revolutionize our transportation system."
It adds: "They are more efficient than conventional internal-combustion engine vehicles and produce no harmful tailpipe exhaust — their only emission is water. Fuel cell vehicles and the hydrogen infrastructure to fuel them are in an early stage of deployment."
Edmunds says: Hyundai provides car shoppers with precise details on how to get their hands on the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, including the first dealers who will feature the alt-fuel crossover.