Bertrand Piccard, The man who piloted solar impulse on its around the world journey covering a distance of around 42,000 kilometers has now set a new world distance record for a hydrogen car by covering a distance of 778 kilometers driving through France and Luxembourg on a Hyundai Nexo without refueling. He says it is a world record but I’m not exactly sure what the details are of the record or who it is recognized by. I’m guessing it’s for the most distance traveled in a hydrogen powered passenger car with that quantity of hydrogen.
If you didn’t know the Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen fuel cell powered car and has three fuel tanks with a total capacity of 156 liters, a 120kW electric motor and an EPA estimated range of 380 miles.
As far as hydrogen cars itself are concerned, there is a lot of talk as to whether they are better or worse than battery powered ones but countries like Japan China and South Korea have ambitious goals of having close to a million fuel cell electric vehicles in each of their countries by 2030 even though current sales are only in the thousands.
Also, China recently opened the world’s largest hydrogen fuelling station at the Shanghai chemical industry Park covering an area of 8000 sq.m with a hydrogen supply capacity of up to 2 tons per day with 35 MPa and 75 MPa hydrogen refueling. The station was built by a joint collaboration between SAIC and the Shanghai chemical industry Park.
In Japan, they plan to have around 160 hydrogen fuel stations by next year and build around 10,000 worldwide over the next 10 years. Japan’s Tokyo electric power company Holdings (TEPCO) and JXTG have also announced plans to build a large hydrogen fuel station in Tokyo with a capacity of 600 cubic meters per hour, which if my calculations are right equates to about 1.2 tons per day it which is like half of the China plant.
In South Korea, they have plans to build 3 hydrogen cities by 2022 with all of the energy requirements of these cities being met by Hydrogen. They plan for these cities to have 670 hydrogen fuel-cell electric passenger vehicles and around 30 hydrogen buses with a larger vision of having 10% of the country being powered by Hydrogen by 2030. South Korea also looks to have at least 65,000 hydrogen powered passenger cars and 300 plus charging stations by 2022.
In Europe, Germany Launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint train last year which was built by Alstom with a range of 600 miles and they also plan on adding another 14 more by 2021. France has also placed an order for 15 hydrogen power trains which they expect to be in service in the next two years . France also plans to invest more than $100 million into building around 100 hydrogen stations and they also plan to have at least 5000 hydrogen powered commercial vehicles on the road by 2023.