Exploring Vancouver on wheels with the new Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

Dec 20 2017, 12:21 am

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is the first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that is available to Canadian consumers. Vancity Buzz had the exhilarating opportunity to test drive the hydrogen-powered Tucson around Vancouver for a full week.

Living downtown and being walking distance of nearly everything needed, it’s not entirely necessary to have a car. However, with this opportunity, I was able to take advantage of my wanderlust of Vancouver.

Throughout the week, the Tucson visited Deep Cove, Cultus Lake, Steveston and the Richmond Night Market. The week-long adventure began by fueling the car at the Powertech labs, one of the only power stations for this Hydrogen fuelled car in Vancouver.


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz


Image: Haneu Kang/ Vancity Buzz

Fuelling the car was an interesting experience; there were roughly nine different stages during the process where it checked if there was any leakage and regulated pressure. Still, the whole duration of fuelling only took about five minutes.


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz

Kayaking in Deep Cove was the first adventure, and the drive down was effortless. Surprisingly, the car is so quiet, and I had to be careful when starting and turning it off.


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz

It was the perfect day to go for a quick ride on the water with the beautiful weather and gorgeous view.


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz

Next up was Cultus Lake, and while it wasn’t the best day in terms of weather, it was still a gorgeous and pleasant drive, nonetheless.


Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz

If you haven’t noticed the trend already, I love all activities having to do with the water. So for the final destination, a drive down to catch the sunset at Steveston’s waterfront was much needed.

Image: Haneu Kang/ Vancity Buzz

Image: Haneu Kang / Vancity Buzz

The sunset was the perfect end to the week of Vancouver adventures. It’s impossible to get sick of this view, and it’s one of my favourite places to visit.

Driving around was making me hungry, so a stop at the Richmond Night Market sounded like a great idea, and it definitely didn’t disappoint!


Image: Haneu Kang/ Vancity Buzz

A part of me didn’t want to part with the car but the week flew by and my time with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell had ended.

“New Thinking. New Possibilities.” is the motto at Hyundai, which perfectly captures their company and product principles. With the new fuel cell vehicle, you can travel over 400km on one tank of hydrogen while its emissions are water, creating zero pollution and is clean enough to drink. Overall, this car is a time-saver, money-saver and environmentally-friendly.


Disclaimer: The author was provided a vehicle from Hyundai to test drive for one week.

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