A new world record was registered in Australia by a Hyundai Nexo owner. The Nexo registered the longest distance traveled on a single tank hydrogen-powered vehicle. A rally driver Brendan Reeves tried to reach the distance between Essendon Fields, Melbourne, and Broken Hill – the 551.4 miles according to the vehicle’s registered data.
The previous world record was registered in 2019, France by Bertrand Piccard who traveled a 778 km (483.4 miles) distance. Officially, Hyundai claims that its hydrogen-powered crossover can travel up to 413.8 miles (666 km) on the WLTP cycle, but the GPS unit in the Nexo showed the journey lasted 561.3 miles (903.4 km). Interesting that due to the different geographic registered roads Google Maps show a different number registering a 562.3 miles (905 km) range.
Reeves stated that “Being a rally driver, I’ve always wanted to achieve a world record, but I could never have guessed it would come about this way. As we set out from Essendon Fields in the early morning, I found NEXO immediately familiar and easy to drive – the controls are intuitive and easy to use, the driving position excellent and the seats very comfortable. NEXO is in its element on the open road, with its long-range, peaceful and refined cabin, and smooth, near-silent fuel-cell electric powertrain.”
The trip took 13 hours and six minutes and the average registered speed was 41.5 mph (66.9 km/h). The greatness about a hydrogen-powered car is that during the entire trip, the vehicle itself purified 449,100 liters of air and consumed 6.27 kg of hydrogen. Pretty cool, huh?
The Australian Capital Territory government uses only 20 Hyundai Nexo because the model isn’t widely available in the country. With only one hydrogen charging station in the capital, until the Brisbane charging station is done by the end of 2021Australian will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the Nexo trips.
Australia has lovely landscapes and sunsets, right?