778km on a single tank: Hydrogen-powered car breaks distance record


A French aeronaut has traveled a remarkable 778km (448 miles) in a hydrogen-powered car using just a single tank of the alternative fuel.

Bertrand Piccard, a balloonist and president of the Solar Impulse Foundation broke the world record for the longest distance traveled in a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single refueling.

Driving in a Hyundai Nexo, Piccard left the FaHyence hydrogen station in Sarreguemines on 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. To add to the feat, there was still 49km of remaining range in the tank.

“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”.

With the Nexo having an advanced air purification system which filters 99.9% of very fine dust (PM2.5) as it drives, which is then retained in the NEXO and not expelled back into the air, the vehicle was able to purify 404.6 kL – the volume of air that 23 adults breathe every day.

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