We have electric cars on the roads for quite some time now, but they’re usually of the batter-powered sort. Now vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai or the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell also show us there’s another alternative.
Having hydrogen powered cars is nowhere near as common as seeing a regular battery-operated electric car – even though the latter’s adoption has also trailed even the grimmest estimates of analysts, industry observers and executives. But there are bright spots. Such as the feat accomplished by two seemingly ordinary people: Arnt-Gøran Hartvig (Sports Scientist) and Marius Bornstein (Master of Physics). They took a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell on the public roads in Germany and then drove it continuously for 24 hours for no less than 2,383 kilometers. All with zero emissions and emitting nothing else but water vapor.
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,” comments Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe.
In order to achieve the endurance feat, the two Norwegians covered the route between Vatenfall’s hydrogen station in HafenCity, Hamburg and a Shell hydrogen station in Sachsendamm, Berlin – a trip of more than 300 kilometers – as many times possible in the given time, with the refueling time (one major advantage of fuel cells over their battery cousins) being as little as three minutes. The trip consisted both of city driving as well as high-speed roads, and this is not the first impressive accomplishment of the two: back in June 2014 they drove a record 700 kilometers in just one full tank.