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Hydrogen-powered car breaks record for longest continuous journey



A hydrogen-powered car has recently set the record for the world’s longest continuous journey after it travelled 9,810km on a London motorway. The trial took place on London’s M25 motorway which circles the city and was completed by Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered car, the ix35. The record breaking journey took six days to complete with four different drivers. The journey only required some short stops at various hydrogen refuelling stations to top-up on fuel. During the trip another record was set as the ix35 travelled 643km on one tank of hydrogen which was the furthest recorded by any fuel cell electric vehicle.

The trial was backed by the London Hydrogen Network Expansion Project (LHNE) which also receives government backing. The LHNE aims to promote hydrogen-powered transportation and its benefits including efficiency, low noise levels and no harmful emissions. The sole by-product of the hydrogen fuel production cycle is water meaning there are no greenhouse gas emissions. Water is also used to produce hydrogen.

The Hyundai ix35 has been available to consumers since 2014 and there are other options on the market such as the Toyota Mirai FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) which was released last year. Other manufacturers such as Honda, Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi are all developing FCEV’s for future sales. Hydrogen-powered buses are also available and London has a fleet of eight servicing a popular route in the busy city.

There has been somewhat of a slow build up for hydrogen-powered cars when compared to electric cars. Part of the reason could be the reliance hydrogen vehicles have on hydrogen fuel stations, more so the limited availability of these stations. There are currently six stations in the UK with plans to add another six in the next twelve months. Having hydrogen fuel stations more readily available to the public may encourage consumers to make the switch the hydrogen vehicles in the future.

See the video below for more information on the Hyundai ix35.

Last modified on Friday, 01 April 2016 13:57

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