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Hyundai Has Most Fuel Cell Leases

With 68 leases of the Tucson Fuel Cell SUV from last June through the end of April, Hyundai leads the pack in the innovative fuel technology. To put it in perspective, that’s more than all the Honda fuel-cell sedans leased from 2008 through the present in North America. Green Car Reports, a website devoted to environmental concerns, recently spoke to Tucson Fuel Cell lessees to see how they enjoy their new vehicles.

To qualify for a lease, you must be within a certain distance from a fueling station. There are only 12 stations in all of the United States, located on the east and west coasts. Canada has five fueling stations, all located in British Columbia. There are no plans to build any more fueling stations in Canada.

Users Love Quiet Ride

Overall, customers love the hydrogen-powered vehicles. For those lucky enough to be able to lease a Tucson fuel cell SUV, it’s the technology that seems to attract them. Aside from the fueling differences and some design changes to accommodate equipment, the only obvious difference between hydrogen and gasoline-powered vehicles is the noise. The hydrogen cell provides whisper quiet running, as opposed to the shake, rattle and roll of a gasoline engine. The Tucson fuel cell SUV suffered from performance, however, taking much longer to get up to highway speeds than its gasoline counterpart.

Tucson Not for Sale

Leasing is the only option for the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, but that includes free fuel, concierge maintenance and access to all HOV lanes. The only emission that comes out of the tailpipe is water, while traveling a greater range (265 miles) on a single fill-up than electrical vehicles do on a full charge. Californians receive a $2,500 rebate from the state for using the environmentally friendly vehicle. The monthly cost of the lease is $499, no negotiation necessary or accepted.

Passes All Safety Tests

Although hydrogen is an extremely volatile gas, the Hyundai Fuel Cell has undergone extensive testing to make sure the hydrogen source is completely protected. In the event of a crash, sensors stop the flow of hydrogen from the cell to keep the problem completely contained. Hydrogen has been used for decades in services like welding and items such as peanut butter. It is the most common element in the universe and makes up most of what you see every day. To find out what other innovative environmental technologies Hyundai has planned for the future, take a visit to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.