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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell travels 435 miles on one tank of hydrogen

Driven by Norwegian environmental enthusiasts Marius Bornstein and Arnt G Hartvig, the same duo who had previously taken the car on a 2,260km trip from Oslo to Monaco to demonstrate the technology and refuelling infrastructure, the trip exceeds Hyundai’s claimed tank range of 370 miles.

The journey travelled from Oslo to Gothenburg and then Copenhagen, where it was originally intended to finish, but the team found they had enough range to continue back across the Swedish border into Malmo, and still arrived at the filling station with 6 miles of range remaining. With a mix of city and highway driving, the car averaged 47mph through the journey.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are powered by an electric motor and feature an on-board drive battery, but can produce their own electricity while driving. This uses a process similar to reverse electrolysis, separating pure hydrogen into positive and negative ions via a catalyst to create electricity and water vapour, emitted through the tailpipe.

‘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,’ said Marius Bornstein.

 

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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