6) Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
Harnessing the awesome power of the most abundant element on the planet, Hyundai have created the first mass produced fuel cell SUV. The car employs a proton exchange membrane type fuel cell stack which combines compressed hydrogen and ambient oxygen to produce electricity.
The car’s hydrogen tank has a capacity of 12.4 lb. As the gas is stored at about 10,000 psi, this converts to 37 gallons. The car’s fuel economy is as high as 49 mpg in the city, per hydrogen gallon. Hydrogen, if properly handled, is as safe as gasoline, diesel or any other fuel. It has been in use for various applications for decades.
Tucson FV’s 100 kW fuel cell stack runs a 134 hp induction electric motor. The 60 AH Li Ion polymer battery pack is rated at 0.95 kWh. The electric motor connects to the front wheels through a single speed transmission and accelerates the car from 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds. Top speed is 100 mph. The car’s safety features include stability management, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS and brake assist.