Hydrogen Vehicles As Soon As Spring 2014!

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fuel cell car

Thinking about purchasing or leasing an all electric vehicle? Well, you may want to take note before you sign on the dotted line, because the next generation of EVs are just around the corner!

Hyundai is taking pre-orders for their first-ever, hydrogen-powered vehicle that emits zero-emissions and travels as far as  300 miles on a single tank up to speeds of 100 mph. Filling up a single tank of hydrogen takes anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes while a traditional electric vehicle such as a Nissan Leaf can take as long as 3 hours at a charging station. The initial model from Hyundai will be called the Tucson Fuel Cell and it’ll be available Spring 2014 at $499 a month for 3 years. There’s a $2,999 due at signing, but there’s also $2,500 government rebate to encourage this future technology and stimulate growth in this new market.

All maintenance, service and hydrogen fuel is included during Hyundai’s program plus many other free benefits. However, Hyundai plans to offer their leasing program in the Los Angeles and Orange County area in California where Governor Brown signed a bill to fund 20 million a year for 10 years for up to 100 stations to be built. In doing so, California has mandated at least 15% of new vehicles sold in the state are required to produce zero emissions by 2025, and its regulations require auto makers to sell electric vehicles or fuel cell vehicles to meet the requirement. Note: At this time, there are fewer than 15 public hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S. today.

Here’s a rather detailed description of how a hydrogen car works I pulled from one of the videos below:

“Rather than purchase a conventional car with a gasoline tank, a fuel cell car has a tank that stores compressed hydrogen as a gas. Hydrogen is used as an energy carrier, so the fuel cell car can produce its own electricity on board rather than store it in batteries. This compressed hydrogen is expanded and then fed into the fuel cell stack. The fuel cell stack is like a tiny electric power station. Inside it the hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to generate electricity as water as a by product. Water vapor is the fuel cell car’s only emission. The electricity created inside the fuel cell stack is used to power the electric motor which in turn is used to drive the car.”

Hyundai is not the only manufacture producing Fuel Cell vehicles, there’s also Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell, Honda FCX Clarity and Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell.

For more information, check out these few videos below that demonstrates how this technology is our future  not only our cars but also our homes.

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About Evan Moore

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