John Patterson, the Dealer Principal at Tustin Hyundai, proudly handed today the keys to the first mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell CUV of the brand. This was done in a ceremony along with Hyundai executives with Timothy Bush being the first ever Hyundai Fuel Cell customer. With regards to this momentous event, Mr. Bush revealed that his family is excited to play a part in driving a vehicle that helps with the environment as it has zero emissions.
He added that this also helps reduce the country’s dependence when it comes to imported fuels. The benefit of driving a Tucson CUV, he said, was that its daily utility was almost similar to the gas-powered version and thus it meant not sacrificing any of the family’s lifestyle. He continued by saying that it is also easy to fit the family’s things in the back.
Bush also said that the $499 lease rate is truly appealing and the unlimited free hydrogen fuel made the decision to have a duel cell model that much easier. Indeed at $499 per month, all of the Tucson Fuel Cell lessees will now be able get behind the wheel of the brand’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell. This offer includes, at no added cost, At Your Service Valet Maintenance and unlimited free hydrogen refueling. Not only that, retail customers for the first time can now have in their driveways the federally-certified mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell models.
Customers can choose from three Hyundai dealers in California which are Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Tustin Hyundai, and Win Hyundai in Carson. Government agencies, like the California Air Resources Board, have long given its strong support for the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols said that Californians have long been supportive of smart innovations.
The decision of the Bush family to be the first Americans to drive this model as their family car, she added, fits exactly with that very proud tradition. She continued by saying that these ultra-clean vehicles play a very important role when it comes to efforts in cleaning the air and for the agency to meet its climate objectives. Fuel cell vehicles are no longer considered as models of the future as they are already here. Nichols said that the agency is happy and congratulates the brand for marketing them first in California, where they are needed most.
Meanwhile Hyundai Motor America President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Zuchowski said that hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars symbolize the next generation when it comes to zero-emission vehicle technology. He added that the brand in excited in becoming a leader by offering the mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell to the brand’s first retail customer. Given that the refueling speed and range of the Tucson Fuel Cell rivals that of gas-powered models, he continued, it allows customers to have a seamless transition from their traditional gas vehicles.
Zuchowski shared that the brand is confident fuel cell technology is sure to increase as zero-emissions vehicles are adopted, a move that will surely benefit everyone. He said further that the State of California has long been committed and its support in building the hydrogen fueling infrastructure played a significant role in the brand’s decision to offer to the public this fuel cell vehicle. The brand disclosed that the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will be offered to customers residing in the Los Angeles or Orange County region for a downpayment of $2,999 and $499 per month for 36 months.
As already mentioned, this includes the excellent benefit of unlimited free hydrogen refueling. Customers who want to learn more about this leasing opportunity can visit the microsite which is at hyundaiusa.com/tucsonfuelcell. At no added cost, owners of the Tucson Fuel Cell can avail of the At Your Service Valet Maintenance. These are the same services being enjoyed by owners of the Hyundai Equus.
This is a service that Equus owners have experienced since being released in 2010. What this entails is when a Tucson Fuel Cell owner needs service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and at the same time supply a loan vehicle. Once the service is done, the car is returned at no extra charge, to either the home or the business. CEO Zuchowski explained that when the brand talked about fuel cell vehicles to its customers, the main question revolved on the cost of hydrogen.
In order to ease these concerns while the hydrogen refueling network was being established, he continued, the brand believed that the decision to cover the cost for early adopters was more than fitting and consistent with a decision to give a treat to its customers.
Customers who want the Tucson Fuel Cell can take the first step of the ordering process which is to signify their interest by accessing Hyundai.com. The brand will make the Tucson Fuel Cell available to other regions as it expands which is in line with the accelerated deployment of hydrogen refueling stations.