PhotoAuto manufacturers have big plans for hydrogen-powered fuel cells but most of those plans are far in the future. Toyota earlier this week said fuel cells are the future but battery-gas hybrids are the present.

Perhaps so, but fuel-cell-powered Hyundai Tucson cross-overs came rolling off a freighter near Los Angeles this week and the company says it will begin leasing the vehicles within the next several weeks.

Under the Hyundai leasing program, approved lessees can drive Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell for $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and valet maintenance at no extra cost.

It marks the first time in the U.S. that retail consumers can put a mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways, with availability at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Tustin Hyundai, Win Hyundai in Carson, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission electric vehicle technology, and we’re proud of our leadership role in this important segment of the alternative fuel vehicle market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The range and refueling time of our Tucson Fuel Cell compare favorably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles."


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

More information is available at the Tucson Fuel Cell microsite.

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