Hydrogen Technology from Hyundai Making Its Way to California

First it was the hybrid, then it was the all-electric, and now soon we'll be seeing hydrogen fuel cell-powered engines pushing cars down the roads and along their daily routines. We've talked about it in the past here on the blog and, safe to say, we're pretty excited by the idea. However, to get it started, refueling stations need to be put into place.

Fortunately, that's just what the state of California wants to do.

First, however, a quick recap. For those that don't remember, or haven't yet heard, a hydrogen fuel cell is (more or less) electric power, but the energy produced is drawn from very different elements than a traditional engine or electric battery. Using - as the name suggests - hydrogen and oxygen, electricity is generated and the only emissions are that of harmless, 100 percent safe and environmentally friendly water vapor. It's an incredible piece of technology and to put it into common use is an automotive dream.

So, now, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is supplying a hefty sum of money as a grant to Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. Three million dollars, in fact! Using the funds, Hyundai will upgrade an eight-year-old San Bernardino County refueling station and open it to the public and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle drivers. The projected opening date is October 2014 and will offer enough hydrogen to refill roughly 20 full tanks a day.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information on this project as it comes. For all other information, come down to Tameron Hyundai in Birmingham, AL, your local dealer serving the greater Tuscaloosa area. Whether it's a new or used Hyundai vehicle, we'll help you find something perfect for your daily wants and needs.

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