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]