Hyundai ix35 Sets Hydrogen Fuel Cell Record in the U.K.
Hyundai drives roughly 1,480 miles in a fuel cell vehicle.
With the emergence of hydrogen fuel cell technology, automakers like Hyundai and Toyota have pushed the limits in real-world testing. Range anxiety plays a factor, and Hyundai set a new driving record to break down this ideal. In 24 hours, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, known here in the U.S. as the Tucson Fuel Cell, drove roughly 1,480 miles.
Sport scientist Arnt-Goran Hartvig and hydrogen expert Marius Bornstein took on the challenge, traveling on public roads in Germany. The two drove the route between Vatenfall's hydrogen station in HafenCity, Hamburg and a Shell hydrogen station in Sachsendamm, Berlin, continuously for 24 hours. The route itself is around 186 miles, and refueling took just three minutes.
Last year, Hartvig and Bornstein also drove the ix35 Fuel Cell nearly 435 miles on one tank of hydrogen, showcasing the true capabilities of the new technology. The duo also did a drive from Oslo to Monaco, using only the refueling stations readily available on the nearly 1,405-mile route.
This achievement is one of the latest in a series of challenges to show the capability of fuel cell technology. Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said in a statement: "This endurance drive highlights both the practicality of our fuel cell electric vehicle's long driving range and the environmental credentials of our technology. Our Fuel Cell program has already delivered many world firsts, so it is fitting that the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has once again delivered a new benchmark."
Check out the video of Hartvig and Bornstein to their 24-hour drive below.