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Trevor Collett | Aug 9, 2015

A Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has set a new record for hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the SUV driving for 24 continuous hours while boasting zero emissions.

In the hands of Norwegians Arnt-Gøran Hartvig (a sports scientist) and Marius Bornstein (a physicist), the ix35 travelled a chosen route in Germany non-stop over the 24-hour period, clocking up 2383km along the way.

The route was chosen to connect two hydrogen refuelling stations - one in Hamburg and one in Berlin - with the drivers filling the hydrogen tank when required and travelling back and forth between the two stations.

The car was used only on public roads in ‘everyday’ conditions, including city driving and high-speed motorways, while averaging almost 100km/h throughout the test.

"This endurance drive highlights both the practicality of our fuel cell electric vehicle’s long driving range and the environmental credentials of our technology,” Hyundai Europe COO, Thomas Schmid, said.

“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 ix35 Fuel Cell in Australia
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell in Australia

A separate demonstration of practicality saw the drivers complete a trip from Oslo to Monaco, using only the available hydrogen refuelling stations along the 2260km route.

The 24-hour challenge also followed a record 700km journey last year, in which the pair aimed to set a new record for the maximum distance covered on a single tank of hydrogen.

A sole Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell arrived locally last year as a test vehicle for Hyundai Australia, and the carmaker has also established Australia’s first hydrogen refuelling station in Sydney.

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