FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — Car shoppers continue to get a glimpse into the potential for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and the 2016 Toyota Mirai hit some milestones this week.
Hyundai Motor America announced that it has delivered more than 60 Tucson Fuel Cells since the vehicle's introduction in California last June. The Tucson Fuel Cell recently accumulated more than 238,900 miles on the roads of Southern California, the automaker said, roughly the average distance from the earth to the moon.
"If a small fleet of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles can accumulate this kind of mileage in just a few short months, one can only imagine the potential for a zero-emissions hydrogen vehicle future," said Mike O'Brien, Hyundai Motor America vice president, corporate and product planning, in a statement.
The Japanese automaker said the ceremony was "to mark the milestone of a new age of vehicles."
Toyota said in a statement that approximately three Mirais come off the production line every day. The Mirai is built in the same workshop that built the Lexus LFA sports car.
Car buyers got the chance to "go behind the scenes to see how the future is made," Toyota said.
The U.S. Department of Energy says there are just 13 hydrogen fueling stations here, excluding private stations.
Edmunds says: The transition from gasoline vehicles to fuel cells is a slow one, but it is happening as these two milestones prove.