The London Hydrogen Network Expansion project (LHNE) has smashed two new distance records for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) in an experiment dubbed the ‘Tour de M25.’
Firstly, the partners of the LHNE project have broken the record for the longest journey in the UK on a single tank of hydrogen (H2) by travelling 400 miles in one go. Secondly, the FCEV also travelled 6,096 miles over the course of six days to break the record for the longest continuous journey, previously standing at 6,024.
The project, led by Tier One player Air Products, completed around 50 laps of the M25 motorway, plus extra mileage to and from the four publicly-available H2 refuelling stations located in London, Heathrow, Swindon and Rotheram.
The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car was used as part of the LHNE partners’ contribution to Hydrogen Week, which ran throughout the UK from 11th-18th March. The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of FCEVs.
LHNE, co-funded by Innovate UK, was set up in 2012 to create the UK’s first H2-powered transport system across London and the South East. Since its inception, it has delivered a publicy-accessible fast-fill SmartFuel® refuelling station, and has upgraded a second facility to 700 bar pressure status.
It is understood that funding is in place for at least 12 refuelling stations to be operational in both England and Scotland within the coming year.