Hyundai has ploughed millions of dollars into developing hydrogen fuel cell technology. Despite this, the automaker has little to show for their efforts in Canada.
According to Hyundai they have only been able to lease 29 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) over the last six years.
That is a rate of less than one moving off the showroom floor every two months since the first model, the Tuscon EV, debuted in Canada 2015.
The data comes directly from Hyundai Canada, which confirmed that between 2015 and 2017 a total of 14 Tuscon EVs were leased. The vehicles were only offered through a lease, and only in British Columbia due to Vancouver being home to the only hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Canada at the time.
Their other hydrogen-powered passenger car, the Nexo, arrived in Canada later in 2019. It starts at a paltry $73,000 CAD, and has seen 15 units leased since 2019. The majority (14) were in B.C., with just one person in Quebec signing on the dotted line.
Those figures compare to the over 6,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) Hyundai sold in 2020 alone.
Even with the more than disappointing uptake on their hydrogen powered cars, the company still plans to introduce more of them in the coming years. The Nexo will remain the only option until 2025 when Hyundai plans to introduce its next FCEV in Canada.