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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell sets endurance driving record

Sports scientist Arnt-Gøran Hartvig and master of physics Marius Bornstein are already familiar for their long-distance trips in the Hyundai ix35 FCEV. The duo travelled 435 miles on one tank of hydrogen last June, and have also travelled the 1,404-mile route between Oslo and Monaco using the series-produced fuel cell car.

This latest record-setting trip also took place on public roads, including a mixture of high-speed and city driving, covering the route between two hydrogen stations – Vattenfall’s in HafenCity, Hamburg, and a Shell site in Sachsendamm, Berlin. With refuelling taking three minutes, the team was able to average 61.7mph over the 24-hour drive cycle.

Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "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 programme has already delivered many world firsts, so it is fitting that the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has once again delivered a new benchmark."

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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