Hyundai's Hydrogen SUV Sets Impressive World Record

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This is the longest distance covered by a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single tank.

With the launch of the new Ioniq sub-brand, Hyundai is preparing to rapidly expand its EV lineup, starting with the retro-inspired Ioniq 5 that will debut in America later this month.

Hyundai is also one of few automakers (along with Toyota) that produce hydrogen fuel-cell cars as an alternative fuel option. Currently, the Nexo is the only hydrogen-powered car in Hyundai's model lineup, but this will soon change with the launch of Hyundai's new HTWO fuel-cell sub-brand.

To showcase its impressive range, Hyundai took the Nexo on an extended road trip, where it set a new world record for the longest distance traveled on a single tank in a hydrogen-powered vehicle. With Australian Hyundai rally driver Brendan Reeves behind the wheel, the production Nexo started in Essendon Fields in Melbourne before driving through Broken Hill and Silverton, an outback town on the outskirts of Broken Hill.

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This location is famous for being the setting of the apocalyptic movie 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior' starring Mel Gibson.

"Being a rally driver, I've always wanted to achieve a world record, but I could never have guessed it would come about this way," said Reeves. "As we set out from Essendon Fields in the early morning, I found Nexo immediately familiar and easy to drive - the controls are intuitive and easy to use, the driving position excellent and seats very comfortable. Nexo is in its element on the open road, with its long range, peaceful and refined cabin, and smooth, near-silent fuel-cell electric powertrain."

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With around 37 miles of range left in the hydrogen tank, the journey ended on the Wilangee road beyond Eldee Station. In total, the Nexo covered 551 miles on a single tank, beating the previous record of 448 miles set in another Nexo by French aeronaut Bertrand Piccard. A GPS recorded a distance of 561 miles and the Nexo covered 562 miles according to Google Maps, but the Nexo's trip computer was used to record the distance.

At an average speed of 41.5 mph, the trip took 13 hours and six minutes to complete. After 426 miles, a low fuel warning lit up. The fuel light then started flashing after 494 miles, with 55.9 miles of range remaining. During the trip, the Nexo consumed 13.8 pounds of hydrogen and purified 449,100 liters of air - enough for 33 adults to breathe in a day.

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