Instead of calling it the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, they’re calling it the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, which is pretty much the same thing, except for those nasty gasoline emissions.
According to the United States Hyundai website, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell was to be sold in early 2014, and only in Southern California. Of course, since it’s a fuel cell vehicle, it runs on hydrogen gas and has zero emissions (at least from the tailpipe). Hyundai is touting the safety and reliability of their new vehicle, saying over two million miles of testing has been performed, at least 435 miles of which were done on a single tank.
According the EPA, the estimated range of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is 265 miles, though the company itself estimates 300 miles, but let’s not quibble. Even at 265 miles range on a single high-pressure tank of hydrogen fuel, that’s 49 mi/kg H2 (miles per kilogram hydrogen) or 49 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), since 1 kg of H2 has approximately the same energy as a gallon of gasoline. That’s not bad considering that the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is technically a crossover SUV, the best hybrid of which tops out at just 31 mpg combined, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid AWD to be specific.
Of course, there will be those to try and push the limits either way, like the infamous ride of a *cough* reporter in a Tesla Model S, or a father and son who pushed the same car much further, 400 miles in a 265-mile EPA-rated car. Someone must have had the same idea for their Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell in Europe, taking theirs on a trip from Oslo, Norway, to Malmö, Sweden, passing through Denmark as well. The total trip ended up being 435 miles, even more than the European-Cycle 369 miles per tank. At 435 miles range, that calculates to a fuel economy of 80 MPGe, even better than the Toyota RAV4 EV!
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