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First Hyundai fuel cell vehicles reach North America

The Tucson Fuel Cell, known in Europe as the ix35 FCEV, is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, and the first cars arrived at a port near Los Angeles this week destined for customers in Southern California.

Hyundai has selected three dealers in the region to offer leases on the vehicle, at $499 per month for a three-year lease, with a $2,999 deposit. Customers will be offered free hydrogen refuelling and the “At Your Service” valet servicing programme offered on the Equus luxury saloon.

This offers free collection and delivery from a home or office address, and a courtesy car, while the vehicle is being serviced.

Mike O'Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America said: ‘The range and refuelling time of our Tucson Fuel Cell compare favourably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. We're excited to provide customers in Southern California a way to transition to a zero-emission vehicle with minimal compromises.’

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