Hyundai Nexo sets world record for longest distance in hydrogen-powered vehicle

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 29 Nov 2019


French aeronaut and president of the Solar Impulse Foundation Bertrand Piccard has broken the world record for the longest distance travelled in a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single refuelling.

Driving a Hyundai Nexo, Piccard left the FaHyence hydrogen station in Sarreguemines on Monday 25 November, a place chosen because of the Grand Est Region's commitment to responsible mobility, and arrived the next day at the Mus̩e de l'Air et de l'Espace in Le Bourget Рa distance of 778km. Never before has a production car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell covered so many kilometres on a single charge.

Accustomed to extraordinary challenges, including the first round-the-world trip in a balloon with Breitling Orbiter and the first round-the-world trip in a solar plane with Solar Impulse, this time Bertrand Piccard was able to take passengers along on this adventure.

In his capacity as the new world distance record holder with a hydrogen vehicle, Bertrand Piccard said: "With this adventure, we have proven that with clean technologies, we no longer need revolutionary experimental prototypes to break records. Everyone can now do it with standard zero-emission vehicles,” said Piccard. “A new era in performance is beginning, for the benefit of environmental protection”.

Record key figures
Number of kilometres traveled: 778km
Remaining range displayed on the counter: 49km
Air purification: 404.6 kL, the volume of air that 23 adults breathe every day
CO2 reduction: 111.2 kg, the amount of gas emitted by vehicles of the same category over 778km.