Backed by the London Hydrogen Network Expansion project, Hyundai just set a new record for eco-friendly vehicles with the longest continuous journey ever made by a hydrogen-powered car. Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell automobile drove for about 6,096 miles straight around London, demonstrating that hydrogen may be gaining ground in the green vehicle race.
The Hyundai ix35 also broke the record for greatest mileage on one tank of hydrogen. On their website Hyundai says their cars can drive up to 369 miles on one tank, yet the record-breaking car drove for nearly 400 miles.
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London Hydrogen Network Expansion assembled a team of drivers who completed the epic drive of 50 laps around the M25 motorway in six days. March 11-18 was Hydrogen Week, and that’s when the group shattered records in the Hyundai to promote public awareness about hydrogen cars.
The long journey showed that hydrogen cars can operate for hundreds of miles before stopping to refuel, which itself takes only three minutes. Hydrogen cars are incredibly quiet and as they emit only water, are environmentally friendly.
The London Hydrogen Network Expansion’s mission is to lay the foundations for a hydrogen transporation system of the future, and they are backed by the government. Along with publications and events providing information about hydrogen transport, they have built one hydrogen refueling station and upgraded another.
Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered car has been on the market since 2014, and Toyota unveiled introduced their hydrogen-powered car, the Mirai, the same year. Honda, Volkswagon, Mercedes, Audi, and BMW are other well-known car brands that are said to be pursuing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as well.
Both Hyundai and the London Hydrogen Network Expansion market hydrogen-powered vehicles as seamless replacements for gasoline-powered cars. On their website, Hyundai said, “Hydrogen is the alternative energy source with the greatest potential.”
Via Science Alert
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