Hyundai sets new record for distance with NexoDecember 7, 2019
Not a single production hydrogen car has advanced further than the Hyundai Nexo without recharging.
Driven by French aeronaut and President of the Solar Impulse Foundation, Bertrand Picard, a hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo drove 778 kilometers through northern France in one gas station, and at the end of the journey there was a 49-kilometer power reserve.
The journey began at the FaHyence hydrogen fuel station in Sarreguemin on November 25 at a location chosen because of the commitment of the Great Earth region to responsible mobility, and ended the next day at the Le Bourget Air and Space Museum near Paris. The trip allowed us to reduce CO2 emissions by 111.2 kg compared to a similar car with a gasoline engine at the same distance, while it cleaned 404.6 cells of air – the amount of air that 23 adults breathe daily.
A number of key figures joined Picard on the trip – Jean Rottner, president of the Great East region in France; Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; Michelle Delpon, MP from Dordogne and President of the Hydrogen Study Group at the French National Assembly; Benoit Potier, CEO of Air Liquide; Bruno Le Mayor, Minister of Economy and Finance of France; Elizabeth Bourne, Minister of Ecology and Solidarity of France; and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
“Thanks to this adventure, we have proven that with clean technology we no longer need revolutionary experimental prototypes in order to break records. Now everyone can do it on standard cars with zero emissions. A new era in productivity begins in favor of protecting the environment, ”said Picard.
This is not Picard’s first “extraordinary task”: he had previously completed his first solo round-the-world balloon trip and the first solar-powered round-the-world trip. Meanwhile, Hyundai is a key player in the development of alternative-engine cars and the first manufacturer to produce hydrogen-based cars.
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