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Hyundai Moving Ahead with Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Tucson

Motor Trend -- Hyundai intends to put its fuel-cell Tucson into what its executives call, oxymoronically, “small-scale mass-production.” By 2015 Hyundai says total production will have reached 1000 units, mostly for Europe. The company’s European boss says it could be “up to 10,000 units a year after 2015, mostly for California and Europe, provided the market and infrastructure are up to it.”

The crossover, which will be a lease-only vehicle for selected fleets up to 2015, will be built down the regular Tucson assembly line in Ulsan, Korea. After that it will be made available for private buyers to purchase, at a projected €40,000 ($52,000), although cars are more expensive in general in Europe than the U.S. so Californian buyers would potentially see a lower price.

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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 5:48:04 AM

time will tell about the feasibility of H2.
E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2012 3:11:51 PM

Cellsite replies:

"E-Squirrel, CNG vehicles would operate at about the same pressure."

Yes, I do know that. I also know that modern high pressure tank design helps to mitigate the force resulting from a rupture, and reduce fragmentation, but its still enough to give one pause, isn`t it?
sparky808
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2012 10:18:53 AM

Thank you for posting.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2012 2:16:43 AM

Alrighty then, if you can afford it.
tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2012 1:37:47 AM

Hyundai Moving Ahead with Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Tucson, an expensive vehicle to purchase, using very expensive hydrogen fuel to operate and can be one very hard fuel to find. Hydrogen fuel is much worse to find and buy than CNG.
My current vehicle was paid off many years ago and I don't need any car payments now! I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept and certainly not a Prius, Tesla, Leaf, Volt or an NYC/Sandy Special 'exploding submarine' Fiskar Karma Inbred!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:18:24 PM


Hydrogen is not ready for prime time as a fuel, hence the mini-mass-production.
It will be OK for fleets that operate out of a home base with its own fueling facility.
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:10:04 PM

Wow, $52,000 ??
SteelPenny
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:03:40 PM

Not buying a Hyundai, so I don't care.
Matt G
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:03:19 PM

Great idea
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:03:18 PM

Hope it works!
ItsMorph
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:01:59 PM

Nice. What's a Tucson?
rahcat
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:01:24 PM

Not worth the cost.
GigHarborHound
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:00:41 PM

Go for it!
letterchunker
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:58:46 PM

Not for me. Cost + not American
kbierley
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:58:35 PM

And when will this be ready? How much will it cost?
PrettyLittleLady
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:55:15 PM

OK.
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:54:34 PM

Hmm
menagerie1013
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:53:35 PM

Interesting.
tco9436
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:52:41 PM

Ok
fuelsaverMN
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:51:46 PM

Priced me out.
goodbuy
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:49:56 PM

Priced me out.
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:49:41 PM

ok
96sc1
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:49:12 PM

Why?
sehonda
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:38:07 PM

overpriced with no ROI
dacofa
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:35:53 PM

Got to do something
crmedic
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:33:42 PM

Ok
mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:33:36 PM

go with Honda
DEG
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:33:33 PM

Hydrogen fuel cells are not ready for the standard automobile.
Lizzylou
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:32:39 PM

Two different articles on Hyundai???
OilOnTheCheap
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:32:39 PM

Not interested. Next!
fredtheturd
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:24:49 PM

Too expensive and too hard to get fuel
mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:24:34 PM

52k for an "affordable" green suv?
nigelb
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:24:06 PM

$52,0000 us too much for a car!
dave1745
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:23:40 PM

K
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:20:20 PM

Not for me...
TheSnowstorm
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:06:54 PM

Bring it on. I'm going fleet.
NO_SWEAT
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:03:58 PM

Ok
vibdata
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:02:27 PM

The crossover, which will be a lease-only vehicle for selected fleets up to 2015, will be built down the regular Tucson assembly line in Ulsan, Korea.

I do not understand that line one single bit. A Tucson assembly line in Ulsan, Korea. Hmmmmmm.
livedream
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:02:25 PM

Interesting.... I'd like to test drive one when it's ready for the general market.
gerreg
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 9:01:14 PM

ok
uglytom
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:59:24 PM

ALMOST A NECESSITY!
libertyut
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:54:21 PM

Wow I used to be able to afford a Hyundai but not anymore.
suzmar
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:53:42 PM

Another impractical alternative that will never see mass production.
NedW
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:50:51 PM

It does sound cost prohibitive, doesn't it?
us4usa
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:50:20 PM

NGVs are the next step...
fallbaby
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:47:25 PM

The cost just isn't really worth it.
BrucePen
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:45:27 PM

small-scale mass-production - I like that.
Sounds over priced already.
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:43:26 PM

ok
rjoeh
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:43:26 PM

While the infrastructure of hydrogen for fuel cells may not be in place today... when one realizes that hydrogen is the most plentiful fuel... making hydrogen fueled cars only makes sense.
megadiesellv
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:35:48 PM

Cool hopefully works out.
jalan25
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:23:56 PM

Time will tell
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