From the representative of Hyundai we could hear that there are many problems with the battery powered electric vehicles and that the hydrogen powered vehicles could be much better choice. This statement was delivered at the presentation of the 2015 Hyundai Tucson FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle).
According to John Krafcik, the Hyundai America CEO battery powered vehicles come with many downsides. Among those negative things that are high on the list are the additional weight, limited range and slow recharge time. Also he mentions the fact that the electricity price and battery recharging expenses at home will only go up with introduction of more of these vehicles.
As one of the best technologies that can bring significantly lower fuel consumption and significantly lower CO2 emission is the hydrogen usage in fuel cell vehicles like the 2015 Hyundai Tucson FCV. This vehicle comes with the fuel cell that has been developed by the Hyundai company and the system consists of that fuel cell model, lithium polymer batter pack and hydrogen tank. This tank can store up to 12.3 pounds of this gas while the electric motor that is used in this system offers 134 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque.
Review Of 2015 Hyundai Tucson FCV
With this tank driver will be able to go for about 300 miles unit it needs to be refueled. According to the company about 10 minutes is needed for the refill but the problem might be the fact that at this moment in California there are only eight filling stations that provide you with the possibility to refuel hydrogen. Investments from California will increase the number of these filling stations. Because only a small number of filling stations is available usage of this vehicle will be quite limited.
Compared to the standard version of the Tucson this all new Hyundai Tucson FCV model will have slightly reduced space in its interior and cargo area. This is mainly because of the fact that it comes with battery pack that is located in underbody of this vehicle. Overall length is increased by 0.4 inches but the legroom for the second row passengers is reduced for about 0.6 inches.
During the next few years number of produced Hyundai Tucson FCV should rise to 1000 per year and these vehicles will be produced in the South Korea, Ulsan factory where the standard version is also created. With limited number of hydrogen stations it will be a quite success if the number of sold vehicles comes near the number that Hyundai promised to deliver.
2015 Hyundai Tucson FCV Release Date
When the 2015 Hyundai Tucson FCV comes to the market, during the 2015th, it will be available only for a lease and it will come to only four dealerships in California. Price will be set to $499 per month for 36 months and this includes all the services and all the fuel that one can spend.