The economy drive was conducted by independent Norwegian non-profit eco-pioneers Marius Bornstein and Arnt G. Hartvig.
The ix35 Fuel Cell, 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 76 km/h (47 mph), taking in city and highway driving.
The pioneering vehicle was in production-standard specification, and exceeded its stated range of 594 kilometers (369 miles), with the trip computer still indicating nearly 10 kilometers of range available at the journey’s conclusion.
In April 2012, the two drivers traveled from Oslo to Monaco in an ix35 Fuel Cell, a distance of 2260 kilometers (1404 miles), demonstrating the usability of fuel cell cars and the growing refueling infrastructure.
As part of the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) initiative, recently established to grow Europe’s refueling 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 Motor.
Marius Bornstein, said: “We had planned to finish in Copenhagen, but realized there was enough hydrogen left in the tank for a longer drive. When we arrived at the filling station in Malmö we still had a few kilometers of range remaining. 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 this is a world record.”
Frank Meijer, Head of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The distance traveled by the ix35 Fuel Cell demonstrates the viability and real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology – it’s an electric vehicle with long-distance range. Hyundai Motor is the first automaker to mass-produce fuel cell vehicles, and we continue to promote the growth of Europe’s hydrogen refueling network.”
The Hyundai 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, underlining its position as a world-leader in the development of fuel cell technology.