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Hyundai sets fuel-cell distance record

2014-07-11 13:47

LONG-DISTANCE ELECTRIC: The bright sparks at Hyundai put together a long ride for a new ix35 Fuel Cell model and it covered 700km. Image: Hyundai

  • Longest journey on one tank of hydrogen
  • ix35 - 700km, three countries
  • World’s first mass-produced fuel-cell car

OFFENBACH, Germany - An Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell (no, that's it's name) has driven a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production car on a single tank - 700km through three countries.

The economy drive was conducted by independent Norwegian non-profit eco-pioneers .

The ix35 Fuel Cell, claimed to be the world’s first mass-production fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), was driven from Oslo (Norway) to Malmo (Sweden) via Gothenburg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The journey took 10 hours at an average speed of 76km/h, taking in city and highway driving.

JUST ONE TANK

The pioneering vehicle was in production-standard specification and exceeded its stated range of 594km with the trip data computer still indicating nearly 10km range at journey’s end.

Bornstein, said: “We'd planned to finish in Copenhagen but realised there was enough hydrogen left in the tank for a longer drive. When we arrived at the filling station in Malmo we still had a few kilometres left.

"To achieve this distance on just one tank of hydrogen shows the potential of this technology and the ability of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell - I believe this is a world record.”

In April 2012 the two drivers travelled from Oslo to Monaco in an ix35 Fuel Cell, 2260km, to show the usability of fuel-cell cars and the growing refuelling infrastructure. Frank Meijer, head of fuel-cell electric vehicles at Hyundai Europe, commented: “The distance demonstrates the viability and real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel-cell technology – it’s an electric vehicle with long-distance range.

"Hyundai is the first automaker to mass-produce fuel-cell vehicles and we continue to promote the growth of Europe’s hydrogen refuelling network.”

LONG DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

As part of an Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles initiative recently established to grow Europe’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, a hydrogen station was opened in Malmo in June 2014. As part of HyFIVE, 110 fuel-cell vehicles from five manufacturers will be delivered to customers across Europe, including 75 from Hyundai.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the latest model from a development programme that began in 1998 and continues at the company’s dedicated fuel-cell research centre at its Eco Technology Research Institute in Korea.

In January 2013 the company became the world’s first automaker to begin mass production of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered vehicles, underlining its position as a world-leader in the development of fuel-cell technology.
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