Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Sets Two Records: 400 Miles On Single Tank & 6,096 Miles Over Six Days

1 year ago by Mark Kane 17

London Hydrogen Network Expansion project sets two new FCEV records

London Hydrogen Network Expansion project sets two new FCEV records

London Hydrogen Network Expansion project sets two new FCEV records

London Hydrogen Network Expansion project sets two new FCV records

The London Hydrogen Network Expansion project (LHNE), supported by the UK government, announced two new distance records for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Apart from commercialization and start-up infrastructure difficulties, the FCVs advantage is still long ranges on a single hydrogen tank, and quick refueling abilities that take only a few minutes (when a station is available).

The LHNE project used Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, which set these new records for FCVs:

  • 400 miles (around 643 km) on a single tank
  • 6,096 miles travelled (9,808 km) over six days

Being able to drive 1,000 miles a day, and spending just several minutes on refueling is tempting (at least until you receive the bill for hydrogen on commercial basis we believe).

Today, the UK hydrogen network consist now just four hydrogen stations. The plan for the next 12 months is to have eight moreadded – for a total of 12.

“The record was broken in a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car as part of the LHNE partners’ contribution to Hydrogen Week (March 11-18), designed to raise awareness of the significant benefits offered by FCEVs and their environmentally-friendly credentials.

The group of companies that comprise the project, which is led by Air Products, completed around 50 of laps of the M25 motorway, plus mileage to and from one of the four publicly-accessible hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK.

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.

LHNE, co-funded by Innovate UK, was set up in 2012 to create the UK’s first hydrogen-powered transport system across London and the South East. It has delivered a new publicly-accessible, state-of-the-art fast-fill SmartFuel® hydrogen refuelling station and upgraded a second to 700 bar pressure status.

The LHNE partners are now keen for the adoption of a range of hydrogen vehicle technologies, including fuel cells, to accelerate in the UK but one of the main challenges is the limited coverage of refuelling stations to support the vehicles. There are currently four publicly-accessible stations in the UK, including the two 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.”

Diana Raine, European Business Manager Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, which has led the LHNE project, said:

“It is fantastic to have overhauled the two records we aimed to beat this week. The fact that we have managed to drive 6,096 miles in under a week demonstrates perfectly the viability and usability of FCEVs.

“What we need now for accelerated adoption of hydrogen vehicles is for the Government to work with our industry to provide the right framework for the technology to become truly accepted by the public.”

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17 responses to "Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Sets Two Records: 400 Miles On Single Tank & 6,096 Miles Over Six Days"

  1. evcarnut says:

    I bet it took more energy to produce all that hydrogen ,than the energy in the hydrogen itself . It’s Much cheaper to just charge up the batteries..Could this be the reason they call these “f00L Cells”???? L M A 0……….

  2. Bob says:

    Very fitting that they went in circles for a week (on the M25).

    1. Doug B says:

      Bet the drivers ran away screeming after spending that much time on the M25. A week on the M25 would drive anyone insane!

  3. Speculawyer says:

    OK . . . fine. I don’t think anyone doubts whether fuel cell cars work. They do work pretty good. Sometimes a little weak on performance but that can be remedied with a decent sized battery.

    The issues are:
    1) Weak fueling infrastructure.
    2) The fuel is not inexpensive.
    3) The fuel is not green since it is mostly steam-reformed methane.
    4) The fuel cell stack & tank are expensive.
    5) Safety issues with high pressure tanks and the potential for H2 leaks.
    6) Not good well to wheels efficiency.

    1. Stimpacker says:

      #5 is a big deal. I don’t want to drive in a bomb.

      EV batteries can suffer thermal runaway, leading to a slow burning chemical fire.

      Gasoline cars can catch fire in accidents.

      Hydrogen tanks can blow up spectacularly.

      1. Big Solar says:

        Hydrogen cars, the suicide bombers’ car of choice.

    2. RexxSee says:

      7) The fuel stack has to be replaced regularly $$$

  4. Bill Howland says:

    Is fuel free for 3 years in Britain also to get people hooked in?

    1. philip d says:

      I believe it is. They have a guy that stands on the corner and hands it out.

  5. nwdiver says:

    When it can go 3 miles on 1 kWh let me know…

  6. Maybe I missed it…How many Drivers did they use?

    How many stops for food an to use the lou? (Restroom!)

    Were there any other FCV’s in front of them at the H2 stations? (Like…Was this a …”Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt this stunt with your family!” Event?)

    And what was the net energy used for this trip, for the creation of the Hydrogen, delivery and pumping it into the car, and losses in the car?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Robert Weekley asked:

      “And what was the net energy used for this trip, for the creation of the Hydrogen, delivery and pumping it into the car, and losses in the car?”

      Shhhh! Don’t you know “Hydrogen is the fuel of the future… and always will be”? 😀

  7. kdawg says:

    Is that inflatable finish line filled with hydrogen? Scary 🙂

  8. SparkEV says:

    BFD! Even lowly SparkEV is capable of 1000 miles a day. If link doesn’t show, see “range-polynomial” and scroll down to “1000 miles a day revisited”

    http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2016/03/range-polynomial.html

    FCEV should be capable of 65 MPH * 24 hours = 1560 miles per day. So what’s the big deal with only 1000 miles?

  9. Khai L. says:

    sad.

    Considering the costs of those hydrogen stations, someone could’ve built Tesla swap stations along the way to yield a faster 6000 round-trip time AND cost less in the process.

    Their desperation is so sad.

  10. Steven says:

    I don’t call driving in circles, using the same filling station, “distance”.

    But then again, I have no evidence, that was done.

  11. Jose says:

    I think a lot of people who read this article will be wondering also, At what cost they accomplished this task?. They didnt talk about the money involved in this new Hydrogen technology for cars.