[Photo Caption] Arnt-Gøran Hartvig and Marius Bornstein travelled record-breaking 2,383 km in 24 hours in the zero-emission Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. Photo by Andrew Kaineder.
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell travels
record-breaking 2,383 km in 24 hours
• Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell drives for 24 hours with zero emissions
• Non-stop driving on public roads in everyday conditions
• Averages almost 100 km/h: another record for Hyundai Motor's
Offenbach, 6 August 2015 - Two hydrogen pioneers have taken real-world zero-emission motoring to a new level by driving a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell 2,383 kilometres in 24 hours. Arnt-Gøran Hartvig (Sports Scientist) and Marius Bornstein (Master of Physics) travelled around the clock on public roads in Germany, emitting nothing but water vapour from the ground-breaking fuel cell electric vehicle.
To achieve this impressive distance, the two Norwegians covered the +300-kilometre route between Vatenfall's hydrogen station in HafenCity, Hamburg and a Shell hydrogen station in Sachsendamm, Berlin as many times as possible in 24 hours. Refuelling the car takes as little as three minutes, enabling the drivers to maximise the distance covered.
Hartvig and Bornstein's success was fully captured on GoPro cameras, and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYUbIdHr7aE. Their route included city driving as well as high-speed roads, demonstrating the suitability of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell for everyday use in all situations. “We wanted to see what the combination of a state of art fuel cell electric vehicle and hydrogen refueling station are capable of today. The result is stunning,” stated the team after accomplishing their journey.
This accomplishment by the two eco-pioneers is the latest in a series of epic challenges to showcase the potential of fuel cell technology. In June last year the duo chose the ix35 Fuel Cell to travel a record 700 kilometres on one tank of hydrogen. They have also driven from Oslo to Monaco, refuelling only at the hydrogen stations already installed along the 2,260-kilometre route.
Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: "This endurance drive highlights both the practicality of our fuel cell electric vehicle's long driving range and the environmental credentials of our technology. Our Fuel Cell programme has already delivered many world firsts, so it is fitting that the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has once again delivered a new benchmark."
Hyundai Motor is the world's first automotive manufacturer to mass-produce fuel cell vehicles and make them commercially available. The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most affordable fuel cell vehicle in Europe and is already on sale and on the roads in 11 European countries.
The ix35 Fuel Cell is fitted with a 100 kW (136 ps) electric motor, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. It produces no harmful emissions - only water vapour comes from the tailpipe - and has an official driving range of almost 600 kilometres on one tank of hydrogen. More information about Hyundai's innovative fuel cell technology can be found at www.fuelcell.eu.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2014 sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With almost 100,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.
About Hyundai Motor Europe
In 2014, Hyundai Motor Europe achieved registrations of 424.467 units – an increase of 1% compared to 2013. Almost 95% of the vehicles Hyundai sells in the region are designed, engineered and tested in Europe to meet the needs of European customers. And 90% are built at its two local factories in the Czech Republic and Turkey, which have a combined annual capacity of 500.000 units. Hyundai sells cars in 310 European countries across 2.500 outlets.
Hyundai offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
More information about Hyundai Motor Europe and its products is available at www.hyundai.com/eu. Follow Hyundai Motor Europe on Twitter @HyundaiEurope and Instagram @HyundaiEurope.
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