Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle hits Southern California in Spring
Environmentally-minded drivers in Southern California will soon be able to lease a Hyundai Tuscon that runs entirely on processed sewage. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will get its power from the Orange County Sanitation District, which is testing new technology that could make alternative fuel sources more affordable.
California currently has only 10 hydrogen fuel pumps, nearly all of which get their hydrogen from natural gas. While that means the infrastructure is still weak, the company doesn’t want to wait around any longer. “It’s the chicken and egg theory,” says Jim Trainor, a spokesman for Hyundai. “And we just didn’t want to wait any longer. We’ve got the vehicles, we’ve got the technology.”
To ensure a smooth start, the company also plans to pay for its first customers’ fuel costs. The Tuscon will be able to travel 300 miles for each full tank, and as you can see from the photos, it looks just like any other SUV.
If you’re interested, the car leases for $499 a month, which makes it an attractive proposition for many – especially when you consider the feel-good factor of a car that produces zero emissions.