- Since February, 2015, Hyundai has delivered its Tucson Fuel Cell to customers in BC, Ontario, and Quebec
- Tucson Fuel Cell is a zero-emissions vehicle that uses hydrogen gas stored in tanks with oxygen from the atmosphere to generate power for its electric motor
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC--Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., the first automotive brand in Canada to deliver zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) to customers in B.C. and Ontario, has yet again extended its leadership with this advanced propulsion technology by handing-over the keys to a customer in Quebec. On August 10, Paul-Yvan Deschênes with the Centre de Gestion de l'Equipment Roulant (CGER), took delivery of a 2016 Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle marking the third province where the cutting-edge vehicle can be found.
The CGER manages vehicle fleets for Quebec provincial ministries and the lease is in partnership with the Hydrogen Research Institute of Trois-Rivieres at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The vehicle will be refueled at the Institute.
"The CGER is always pushing the boundaries of automotive fleets to reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions," said Deschênes. "We have been studying Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle technology for many years and have been waiting for it to become available in Canada. With over 420 kilometres of range, seating for five, only pure water vapour as exhaust, and only five minutes to refuel, the Tucson Fuel Cell is an excellent addition to our advanced vehicle fleet."
In November, 2014, Hyundai Auto Canada announced it would become the first Canadian automotive company to offer its Tucson FCEV to actual, real-world customers. Since the first vehicle delivery took place in February, 2015, six Tucson FCEVs have been delivering thousands of zero-emissions kilometres on the roads of British Columbia. In the spring of 2016, the first customer in Ontario received a vehicle. With every step, Hyundai is further demonstrating the capabilities of FCEV technology and calling for investment in infrastructure development.
"It's no coincidence that we can find the advanced Tucson Fuel Cell in three of Canada's most populous provinces," said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. "When we took that first, necessary step with the technology in bringing the Tucson Fuel Cell into the market, it ignited conversations with Government, customers, and infrastructure companies across the country. The interest and demand for Fuel Cell vehicles is palpable. As access to hydrogen refueling facilities improves, so too will Hyundai's Fuel Cell vehicle. I am immensely proud to be with Hyundai at the forefront of this burgeoning movement."
Hyundai's advanced fuel cell technology effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from an electrochemical process that involves stored hydrogen and oxygen from the atmosphere. The process does not involve hydrogen combustion, and there are no moving parts within the fuel cell stack. The only by-product is pure water vapour, making the Tucson FCEV a zero-emissions electric vehicle. Further, unlike battery electric vehicles, the Tucson FCEV takes less than five minutes to refuel with hydrogen gas and can deliver an estimated 426 km of emissions-free driving.