2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive

2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive

At first glance, there is no evidence that 2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV is so different from the rest of the fold. Same thing when boarding: a well-designed interior and an attractive block of commands we expect.

However, if you inspect it more closely, you will see the words “Hydrogen EV” written on the side, “Fuel Cell” on the tank flap and “Blue Drive” near the front wheels.Then lift the hood and check out under the trunk floor; you will see just how Tucson is special.

2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive

What is the 2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV?

The Tucson FCEV ( Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle ) is an electric vehicle fuel cell that feeds on hydrogen. I’m not a scientist or an engineer, so I’ll leave it to Hyundai to explain how it works.

Basically, the vehicle stores the hydrogen gas and sucks air into the fuel cell block. There is no combustion of the hydrogen and the battery pack has no moving parts. The electrochemical process combination of oxygen and hydrogen in the block of fuel cells to produce electricity used to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. The only by-product of this process is the pure water vapor, that is to say, no emission of greenhouse gases.

2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive

Prices and specifications Hyundai Tucson FCEV

course, when it comes to an electric vehicle, the first question people ask is: what is autonomy? With a full tank of hydrogen, Hyundai Tucson FCEV can travel a distance of 426 kilometers, according to the company. Unless you travel a lot, this figure should satisfy you.

By the way, Hyundai became the first automaker to offer an electric vehicle fuel cell to individual Canadians. In other words, the Tucson FCEV will not be sold to fleet managers.

For the launch of the new Tucson FCEV in the Canadian market, a small group of lucky consumers will have the opportunity to rent the vehicle exclusively for $ 599 per month for a period of 3 years. Rental includes vehicle maintenance and unlimited full hydrogen.

But where can we find hydrogen service stations, you ask? Well, there is only one in Canada at the moment, either at BC Hydro Powertech in Surrey, British Columbia.

2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive

2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV daily

Driving this car is remarkably banal, as they say PR Hyundai Canada. I am 100% agree. It is quiet, gentle, fun to drive, beautiful on the outside and inside – just like the ordinary Tucson – and I like it.

Moreover, the autonomy we indicate the screen on the dashboard fully reflect reality. I even got to travel a few kilometers more than the computer thought. When it comes time to accelerate to embark on the highway, no problem; Tucson FCEV obeys like its gasoline.

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2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Fuelling

is where the picture is spoiled royally. As mentioned, there is currently only one place to fill the hydrogen tank of an electric vehicle fuel cell and available hours are from 8:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday. Those who apply to rent a Hyundai Tucson FCEV know and myself.

Must we forget the long trips? I remind you that the autonomy offered slightly above 400 km, then you have your answer. About, fill the Tucson FCEV takes less than 5 minutes and is as simple as using an ordinary combustion vehicle.

2016 Hyundai Tucson FCEV Test Drive


This is a fact, the Hyundai Tucson FCEV is available and suitable only a small minority of drivers. On the road, I found it great; He impressed me and I can not wait for the hydrogen infrastructure is developed and spread to enjoy it more.

Compare a fuel cell vehicle with a conventional electric vehicles is difficult: it is not better or worse, just different. Of course, the latter is much easier to take because of the growing number of charging stations across the continent. Find compressed hydrogen available to the public is almost impossible.