Previously, Hyundai has stated that they will beat the $50,000 price tag that Toyota has stated they will start selling their fuel cell vehicles for in 2015. Once again Hyundai has upped the ante with more specifics.
According to a published report Hyundai now says they will start producing 500 FCVs as early as 2012. The Independent states, “…the Korean automaker plans to produce 10,000 units of the vehicle annually by 2015, starting slow in 2012 with between 500 and 1,000 units.”
Two of the key elements that potential drivers of hydrogen cars want to know are the price tags for the vehicles and when are they going to start rolling out. Hyundai has now hinted at the price and stated directly that they will jump the gun on the 2015 date that the other major automakers have set for rolling out FCVs.
Hyundai may rollout these first 500 cars as leases as they have previously stated. But, from there the gloves are off and other automakers need to take note. Even though battery electric cars are in vogue now, once the hype wears off and reality sets in many people will take a second good look at hydrogen vehicles as a viable alternative for zero emission cars.