Tustin Hyundai Makes History With 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle Delivery | Edmunds

Tustin Hyundai Makes History With 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle Delivery


Just the Facts:
  • Tustin Hyundai made some automotive history on Tuesday as Dealer Principal John Patterson handed over the keys to Hyundai's first mass-produced 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle in a ceremony with the first customer.
  • The California dealership is one of three Southern California Hyundai dealers that will put the vehicle into customers' hands.
  • The other two Southern California dealers to sell and service Hyundai's new fuel cell vehicle are Win Hyundai in Carson and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.

TUSTIN, California — Tustin Hyundai made some automotive history on Tuesday as Dealer Principal John Patterson handed over the keys to Hyundai's first mass-produced 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle in a ceremony with the first customer.

The California dealership is one of three Southern California Hyundai dealers who will put the vehicle into customers' hands. The other two are Win Hyundai in Carson and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will be offered initially to customers in the Los Angeles and Orange County region for a 36-month term at $499 per month, with $2,999 down.

The lease price includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling.

The first customer to buy the Hyundai Fuel Cell vehicle is Timothy Bush.

"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," Bush said in a statement provided by Hyundai.

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."

Edmunds says: Kudos to Tustin Hyundai for getting out in front in the effort to market and sell zero-emitting vehicles.

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