Hyundai, Honda Roll Out Fuel Cells Vehicles
Hyundai says it plans to offer its next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle for the US market for $499 per month for a 36-month term, with $2,999 down. This includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. Availability will begin in spring 2014 at several Southern California Hyundai dealers.
Also, the Honda FCEV Concept (pictured) made its world debut at the LA Auto Show. Honda anticipates launching its next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in the US and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.
The automaker says the 5-passenger car will feature the world’s first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle. Technological advancements to the fuel-cell stack have yielded more than 100 kW of power output, Honda says. The power density is now 3 kW/L, an increase of 60 percent, with the stack size reduced 33 percent compared to the FCX Clarity.
Honda says the next-generation FCEV is anticipated to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles with a quick refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.
Meanwhile Toyota will display a concept version of its fuel cell vehicle scheduled for launch around 2015 at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month and Daimler and General Motors are investing in two separate fuel cell projects aimed at developing technology and building out infrastructure for fuel-cell electric cars.
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