With Hydrogen Cars Affordable is a Relative Term
This article is supposed to be about affordable Fuel Cell (hydrogen-powered) car models. Affordable is, of course, a relative term. There are only three manufacturers offering vehicles fueled by elemental symbol H.
The window sticker on the four-door four-passenger Toyota Mirai sedan reads $57,500. That figure is offset by 36 months of free hydrogen that comes with purchasing a Mirai. An alternative to buying $2,499 upon signing will secure you a three-year lease that allows you 12,000 miles a year.
The EPA gives the Mirai a range of 312 miles between refuelings. The car produces zero emissions and full refueling takes roughly five minutes.
Buying the luxury midsize four-door Honda FCX Clarity costs $59,380. A $369 a month lease option is available. Before you can avail yourself of that lease price Honda will want $2,868 upfront. As an incentive, Honda offers a maximum of $15.000 worth of free hydrogen. Each fill-up of free hydrogen will take you about 240 miles.
The only Fuel Cell Powered SUV on the list Hyundai values its Tucson Fuel Cell at $50,950. If you wish to lease this zero emissions vehicle you can do so for $499 a month. The lease is good for three years and you will need to have $2,999 on you when you sign on the dotted line.
Hyundai’s official website also offers free fuel with no mention of how much or for how long. It takes less than 10 minutes to refill the Tucson Fuel Cell. As far a range the best information I could find was a review from an automotive magazine the places the Tucson’s mileage at 49/51 MPG equivalent.
To the issue of affordability, the average price of these fuel cell vehicles is $55,943 as compared to an average conventional new car/truck price of $33,560.