The Hyundai Nexo, the Korean brand's hydrogen SUV, continues to bring good news. After becoming the first hydrogen fuel cell powered car to pass the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Higaway Safety) crash tests, achieving the Top Safety Pick+ award with the highest score in all six endurance tests, it has now set a world record for the distance traveled by a hydrogen fuel cell powered car on a single charge: 778 kilometers.
The feat began on November 25th in France, specifically in the hydrogen station of the European project FaHyence located in the French commune of Sarreguemines, and ended the next day in the Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget, completing a route of almost 800 km, according to the manufacturer.
It should be remembered that Hyundai, like Toyota, has been working on the development and propagation of hydrogen vehicles for many years, despite the obstacles that still hamper the proliferation of the technology. These are mainly the still scarce network of recharging points in the world and the cost, as hydrogen is currently between 9.5 and 10 euros per kilogram, which is equivalent to about 100 km of autonomy, resulting in a rise in the final price of the cars.
Recently, however, we learned of a new and promising method of extracting hydrogen from oil wells that promised to cost up to 75% less and could give some air to a propulsion system in which more and more brands are beginning to set their sights on it as an alternative to the battery electric car.
While manufacturers such as Volkswagen are reluctant to use hydrogen, at least in the short term, others such as BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and Renault do seem willing to embrace hydrogen in the face of their zero emission roadmap.