Hyundai Tucson FCV Sets Desert Land Speed Record

Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Cell Land Speed Desert Record

Who knew Hyundai was putting its Tucson Fuel Cell to the land speed test. Hyundai recently took it out to the California desert to give it a whirl and it set a land speed record for a production hydrogen-powered SUV.

It’s top speed? 94.6 miles an hour.

The Tucson Fuel Cell is the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle. The first one was delivered to its owner in June 2014. The SUV has an EPA-estimated 265 mile driving range. Check out the the video of it in action below.

Wards recently recognized the Tucson for its engine. The fuel cell works by taking hydrogen stored at 10,000 psi in two tanks in the rear and turning the hydrogen into electricity that powers an electric drivetrain. 

The big issue for the Tucson FCV and other ones like the Toyota Mirai are the lack of refueling stations. There are only 12 to date in California. That’s far fewer than anyone expected by the end of 2015.

Photo Credit: Hyundai
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