The world record for the longest distance traveled in an hydrogen powered vehicle has been broken by French aeronaut Bertrand Piccard with a Hyundai NEXO.
Bertrand Piccard is a president of the Solar Impulse Foundation.
Driving in 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 Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget – a distance of 778 km.
Never before has a production car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell covered so many kilometres on a single charge.
In the passenger seat alongside Bertrand Piccard were:
- Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region (French)
- Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
- Michel Delpon, MP for the Dordogne and President of the Hydrogen Study Group at National Assembly (French)
- Benoît Potier, CEO of Air Liquide (French)
- Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance (French)
- Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (French)
- S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
Arrival of record was celebrated in the setting of ‘’Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace’’ in Le Bourget, a reference to Bertrand Piccard’s aerial exploits. 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.
As the first car manufacturer to mass produce hydrogen-powered vehicles, Hyundai is actively preparing for tomorrow’s zero emission mobility. Avoiding any dogmatic position on alternative energies, the brand is already responding to current changes in the car market by offering the widest choice of electrified powertrains on the market.
Record key figures
- Number of kilometers 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.
Source: Hyundai Motor Europe