An attempt is to be made for a hydrogen powered vehicle to set a new distance record on just a single filling of hydrogen.
Engineers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created a urban concept car fitted with two ultra-lightweight, high pressure (300 bar) Type 3 carbon compositive cylinders from AMS Composite Cylinders.
The vehicle, known as Eco-Runner XI, will attempt the record on the 5th-6th of July 2021 at the R&TC track in Helmond.
With the 9L cylinders holding a total capacity of around 450g of hydrogen when full, the Eco-Runner will try to challenge the record set by the Toyota Mirai, which covered 623 miles (1002.6km) during the Paris de l’hydrogène exhibition earlier in June.
The Eco-Runner is already a proven winner; a victory at the 2021 Hydrogen Efficiency Challenge on June 11th saw the vehicle achieve efficiency of 3,396 km/kg.
Speaking about the challenge that awaits the team, Reinout Sterk, Chief Engineer at Eco-Runner, said, “We’ve already proved Eco-Runner XI has the efficiency required – now it’s about being able to deliver that over an extended period.”
“At an average speed of 40km/hour, it’s going to be a real test of endurance for the vehicle and team!”
“When it comes to efficiency challenges, weight matters, and we needed a gas cylinder that was lightweight, durable and space efficient. AMS Composite Cylinders were the ideal solution – the 300-bar pressure gives us the extra capacity we need without taking up extra space.”
In addition to creating record-setting vehicles, the company also endeavour to build the most energy efficient hydrogen powered city car in order to contribute towards a more sustainable future.
With the Eco-Runner series of vehicles successfully competing in eco-marathons across the globe, the latest addition is the first from the team to compete as an Urban Concept Vehicle.
Having previously compete in the less restricted Prototype class, this category requires competitors to fit their hydrogen powered cars with road car features, such as windscreen wipers, lights and a luggage compartment.
AMS Composite Cylinders have previously supplied Europe’s first hydrogen powered drone with Type 3 cylinders, as well as the world’s first hydrogen e-bike.