Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Travels Seven-Hundred Kilometres On Single Tank
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has travelled a record distance for a hydrogen fuelled production car on a single tank – so welcome to the future. It therefore covered seven-hundred kilometres in three countries. The starting point was Oslo in Norway from where it proceeded to Malmö in Sweden (via Gothenburg in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark). The purpose of the journey was to prove that hydrogen vehicles – like their traditionally fuelled counterparts – can travel substantial distances on a single tank of fuel. The same, of course, cannot be said for electric cars that have to be charged via a plug socket. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell's journey took ten hours and included city and highway driving to replicate typical use. Average speed was seventy-six kilometres per-hour. Remarkably, this futuristic car – that was in standard forthcoming production form - exceeded its stated range of five-hundred and ninety-four kilometres. This enabled it to travel further than predicted then reach a fuel station with ten kilometres remaining.
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Driver Discusses Epic Journey
Marius Bornstein – the Norwegian eco-pioneer who co-drove alongside Arnt G Hartvig – revealed: “We had planned to finish in Copenhagen but realised there was enough hydrogen left in the tank for a longer drive.” He added: “When we arrived at the filling station in Malmö we still had a few kilometres of range remaining.” Mr Bornstein concluded: “To achieve this distance on just one tank of hydrogen shows the potential of this technology, and the ability of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. I believe it's a world record”.
How Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Works
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell looks like a traditional car but has countless variations under the skin. Hydrogen is the chosen fuel as – according to the manufacturer – it is “in abundance” and makes up “seventy-five percent of the universe”. The ix35 has two, high pressure, hydrogen tanks stored towards the rear. Hydrogen is pumped from these to a fuel stack where it is mixed with oxygen. This causes a chemical reaction that produces electricity. An inverter then converts high-voltage direct current from the fuel stack/battery into a three-phase alternating current. It is then passed to an electric motor which powers the wheels, etc. There are, therefore, no tailpipe carbon emissions to pollute the environment. The only output is water vapour and heat. Welcome to the future.