Breaking a world record is the proof.
Though the infrastructure has a long way to go, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) offer many benefits over battery electric vehicles (BEVs), including longer range and shorter refueling times. The Hyundai Nexo recently set a world record for distance traveled on a hydrogen tank, completing 561 miles before running out of fuel. Sadly for Hyundai, this world record didn't stand for long, as it was just broken by the 2021 Toyota Mirai.
Starting on May 26 at the HysetCo hydrogen station in Orly, France, the Mirai managed to travel 1,003 km (623 miles) on a single tank, completely obliterating the EPA-estimated 420-mile range. Four drivers helped achieve the record, including Victorien Erussard, founder of Toyota partner company Energy Observer, and employees from Toyota Motor Europe and Toyota France.
The Eiffel Tower was illuminated using green hydrogen supplied by the GEH2 electro-hydrogen group to commemorate the achievement. During the record trip, the Mirai used 0.55 grams of hydrogen per kilometer. With its three tanks, the car can carry 5.6 kg of hydrogen in total. Traveling over 600 miles without refueling is an impressive achievement in any car, but it's even more substantial in a zero-emissions vehicle like the Mirai. While some rumored Tesla models promise to deliver over 600 miles of battery range, no BEV on the market today comes close to the Mirai's record.
"It is a fabulous challenge that we have succeeded with the new Mirai," said Frank Marotte, Chairman, and CEO of Toyota France. "Internally, it is the 'Start Your Impossible' spirit, surpassing oneself, that drives us and we have demonstrated it again today."
"I am very happy to have taken on this 1,000 km challenge behind the wheel of the all-new Mirai! Toyota is always at the forefront of hydrogen innovation and our collaboration has only grown stronger year after year," said Victorien Erussard. "As a former offshore racer, I need to take up challenges and I warmly thank Frank Marotte and his teams for taking me on this zero-emission adventure which shows that nothing is impossible and that hydrogen mobility today is here!"