The hydrogen-power Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has set a new world record for the greatest distance ever covered on a single tank of hydrogen, making the 700km trip (around 435 miles) from Oslo in Norway to Malmo in Sweden.
Its journey took in three countries – Norway, Denmark and Sweden – and was conducted by not for profit eco-driving specialist organisation “Marius Bornstein and Arnt G. Hartvig.”
With the run verified by an independent agency, you can be sure that the 700km distance figure is accurate.
The trip in the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell took 10 hours to complete at an average speed of 76kph (roughly 47mph).
It might seem like the test drivers were travelling gratuitously slowly to eek out the maximum range from the tank, but actually, taking in a mix of city and motorway driving, the 47mph average is really quite respectable.
Besides, efficiency was the aim, so a slight hit when it comes to speed is to be expected.
No tweaks were made to the car either – the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell was in full production spec; the same size fuel tank, the same 134hp electric motor and the same incredible efficiency. Better, in fact… The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell eclipsed its homologated official range of 594km (around 369 miles) by a massive 106km (66 miles) and still had another 10km (6 miles) of range showing on the trip computer once the journey had been completed.
This proves the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is viable, real-world production technology and that the Korean manufacturer is forging ahead with propulsion methods of the future.
Hyundai has done its part, now governments and energy companies across the globe need to take note and ensure hydrogen fuel infrastructure follows suit to reduce the world’s pollution problem.
Hartvig and Bornstein’s success was fully captured on GoPro cameras.
Over its incredible 700km journey, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell emitted zero CO2 – not one gram. The only by-product of the chemical reaction in the fuel cell – which produces electricity to drive the car’s motor – is pure water.
So not only is it more economical and cleaner than the already incredibly efficient Hyundai ix35 turbodiesel, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell isn’t burdened with any of the drawbacks of an electric car.
No range anxiety, no limitations on journey distance and no waiting around for a recharge, as the hydrogen tanks can be refilled just like a petrol or diesel car.
Head of fuel cell electric vehicle at Hyundai Motor Europe, Frank Meijer, sums up:
“The distance travelled by the ix35 Fuel Cell demonstrates the viability and real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology – it’s an electric vehicle with long-distance range. Hyundai Motor is the first automaker to mass-produce fuel cell vehicles, and we continue to promote the growth of Europe’s hydrogen refuelling network.”