Hydrogen fuel-cell cars might not be the most sought-after term in the Indian automotive dictionary but Hyundai, along with few other manufacturers like Toyota, have made this technology available to the masses. If you aren’t familiar, the Nexo is currently the only hydrogen-powered car in Hyundai’s line up but this will change with the launch of Hyundai’s new HTWO fuel-cell sub-brand.
Hydrogen fuel-cell cars have many benefits over Li-Ion battery-powered EVs. Hydrogen fuel cells use hydrogen as a fuel in an electrochemical process that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electrical energy and water. The benefits are plenty; hydrogen being available plentiful as is the most abundant element in the universe, the byproducts to the chemical reaction are simply heat and water, it’s highly efficient and more reactive (powerful) than the conventional fossil fuels and they are able to deliver substantially high usable range, allowing us to travel further than Li-Ion batteries.
And the same has been proved by an Australian driving team who have broken the record distance for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on a single tank. Australian Hyundai rally driver Brendan Reeves was behind the wheel of a production-spec Nexo, the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle available commercially in Australia. The trip from Melbourne to Broken Hill in far west New South Wales covered a distance of 887.5km which is more than 200km longer than the official 666km WLTP driving range of the Nexo.
The previous record of 721 kilometres was broken in the drive that averaged a speed of 76kmph, taking 13 hours and six minutes to complete. Interestingly, during the trip, the Nexo consumed 6.3kg of hydrogen and purified 449,100 litres of air – enough for 33 adults to breathe in a day.