Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell Completes Record Hydrogen-Powered Drive
Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell has driven a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production car on a single tank, covering 434 miles across three countries. The economy drive was conducted by Norwegians Marius Bornstein and Arnt G. Hartvig.
The ix35 Fuel Cell, said to be the world’s first mass-production fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), was driven between Oslo (Norway) and Malmö (Sweden) via Gothenburg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The journey took 10 hours to complete, at an average speed of 47 mph, taking in city and highway driving.
The vehicle was in production-standard specification, and Hyundai says the car exceeded its stated range of 369 miles, with the trip computer still indicating nearly 6 miles of range available at the journey’s conclusion.
In April 2012, the two drivers travelled from Oslo to Monaco in an ix35 Fuel Cell, a distance of 1404 miles, demonstrating the usability of fuel cell cars and the growing refuelling infrastructure.
As part of the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) initiative, recently established to grow Europe’s refuelling infrastructure, a hydrogen station was opened in Malmö in June 2014. As part of HyFIVE, 110 fuel-cell vehicles from five manufacturers will be delivered to customers across Europe, including 75 from Hyundai.
Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell is the latest model from a development programme that began in 1998, and continues at the company’s dedicated fuel cell research centre at its Eco Technology Research Institute in Korea. In January 2013 the company became the world’s first automaker to begin mass production of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered vehicles.