2014 Hyundai IX35 Fuel Cell breaks the record for longest journey on a single tank of hydrogen

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 11, 2014

Back in June, Hyundai delivered the first Tucson Fuel Cell in the United States and after just one month, the Korean manufacturer announced that its new CUV was driven for a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production vehicle on a single tank. Hyundai used an ix35 Fuel Cell to travel from Oslo to Malmo, a distance of 700 km or 435 miles.

According to the official press release, the economy drive was conducted by independent Norwegian non-profit eco-pioneers Marius Bornstein and Arnt G. Hartvig. The 700 km journey took 10 hours to complete and the CUV was driven at an average speed of 76 km/h (47 mph) in city and on highway.

For those who don’t know, Hyundai said that the ix35/Tucson Fuel Cell has a range of 594 km (369 mph) but it seems that the CUV is more fuel-efficient. The carmaker said that when the trip was ended the trip computer was still indicating nearly 10 km (6 miles) of range.

Marius Bornstein, said: “We had 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 Malmö we still had a few kilometres of range remaining. 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.”

Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “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.” [source: Hyundai]

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