The hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 at the finish line. © Hyundai Motor UK Ltd
The hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 at the finish line. © Hyundai Motor UK Ltd

Record set for longest journey by hydrogen car

5 April 2016

The record for the longest journey for a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) has been set.

The government-backed London Hydrogen Network Expansion project (LHNE) said the UK record for the longest journey on a single tank of hydrogen has been broken, with a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car travelling 400 miles.

The record for the longest continuous journey for an FCEV has also been broken with the car travelling 6,096 miles over six days.

The vehicle completed around 50 laps of the M25 motorway, plus mileage to and from one of the four publicly-accessible hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK.

The records were broken to raise awareness of the benefits and environmentally-friendly attributes of FCEVs.

According to LHNE, Hydrogen FCEVs produce no harmful tailpipe emissions with water being the only by-product. With range and refuelling times similar to those of petrol or diesel cars, they can be seen as direct replacements for conventional vehicles, it said.

LHNE was set up in 2012 with the aim of delivering a publicly-accessible network of 700 bar hydrogen fuelling stations London and the South East.

It is one of five research and development projects co-funded by Innovate UK to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technology energy systems.

The group of companies that make up the project, which is led by Air Products, includes Anglo American, Cenex, Commercial Group, Element Energy, Heathrow Airport, Hyundai Motor UK, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, Revolve Technologies and Shell. The project is co-funded by Innovate UK and supported by the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

LHNE said one of the main challenges in the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology is the limited coverage of refuelling stations to support the vehicles. There are currently six stations in the UK, including the two public Air Products SmartFuel stations in London, and funding is in place for at least 12 to be operational in England and Scotland within the next 12 months.

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