How more fascinating can the space of mileage and the discussion pertaining to the ‘range’ get? At a time where electric vehicles are dominating the discussion pertaining to the changing dimension of urban mobility, it can be said that the hydrogen-powered vehicles are in the sphere as well, making an alternate space that’s still very much at distance from being mainstream all the more interesting.
So even while at the face of it, the hydrogen-powered car seems to have some work cut out before they can challenge the battery electric vehicle, it seems that is no dearth in the surprises that the hydrogen vehicle can pull off.
In what can only be described as a soul-stirring but exhaustive, milestone-gathering but a headline-making journey that began at one of the most picturesque communes in all of France, the Sarreguemines in North-Eastern France, Hyundai’s Hydrogen-powered vehicle covered an astonishing distance of 778 kilometers, ending at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget, in the North-eastern suburbs of Paris.
This was no ordinary feat. Imagine the tenacity involved- all of this mind-boggling distance in single refueling. For a feat of such magnitude, that one reckons given the rigor and sheer physical load involved would make a Le Mans driver chuffed, we’ve got to tip the hat to Bertrand Piccard- the man who exhibited sheer endurance in Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered car.
In the process, the 51-year-old smiling figure traversed two countries, including France and Luxembourg.
In so doing, the Nexo, among the best choices in this segment (Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered vehicle), set a crackling world record-breaking feat when it covered the longest distance set (ever) on a hydrogen vehicle on a single tank.
When you travel a distance of 483 miles- you not only up the ante of excitement toward a brand that’s all about keeping ecology at the top of its innovation, but you also widen the dialogue surrounding the battery fuel vehicles and the hydrogen-powered alternative.
Better yet, the elaborate exercise also underlines the intent of the hydrogen car segment to cleanse perception about the relevance of hydrogen in ‘tomorrow’s’ cars, apart from championing the cause of clean mobility.
Every bit exasperating as the lengthy course of the journey was the indication of the range on the counter, which read 49 more kilometers left, having already covered a lengthy sum of one of France’s captivating communes.
Piccard, a noted French aeronaut and also the president of the Solar Impulse Foundation also shared some key insights, “The battery is an ideal solution for short journeys, whereas hydrogen is better suited for long journeys. Indeed, the range a hydrogen vehicle can achieve is one of its main advantages over battery vehicles, as I have just demonstrated with this record.”
You cannot begin to appreciate the landmark feat established by Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered vehicle without making a sense of the average distance that hydrogen fuel vehicles can normally cover.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars can normally average between 312 miles and 380 miles in range, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
While who will ultimately dominate the discussion and have the ultimate ‘say’ in controlling the market – among battery electric vehicles and the hydrogen-powered cars is still an answer that lies in the lap of the unseen future, for now, Hyundai are drawing attention to the hydrogen-enabled car mobility with 220 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles running on the US roads already.
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