Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell (earlier post) established the land speed record for a production hydrogen-powered SUV at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed of the California desert, with a top speed of 94.6 mph (152.24 km/h). Hyundai has nearly 100 Tucson Fuel Cell SUVs on the roads in Southern California; the first was delivered to its owner in June 2014.
The fuel cell vehicle was able to traverse the off-road terrain of the lake bed’s surrounding desert environs, benefitting from the substantial ground clearance of a compact SUV.
The Tucson Fuel Cell has an EPA-estimated driving range of 265 miles (426.5 km), allowing it to meet the transportation needs of many families in the Southern California region.
Southern California currently has the greatest concentration of hydrogen refueling stations in the US, and its hydrogen infrastructure in California is rapidly growing, with nearly 50 forecasted to be in operation in 2016.