This is claimed to be an impressive achievement – a 404-mile cross-continental drive for a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle. A pair of hydrogen-powered Hyundai iX35 (Tuscon) FCEVs was driven from Oslo, Norway to Monte Carlo, Monaco and they proved that H2 refuelling infrastructure is just enough for the long distance.
The trip was organised by the Norwegian Zero Emissions Resource Organization (ZERO) using h2stations.org to find the route. The whole trip was an attempt to analyse Europe’s hydrogen infrastructure as compared to the rest of the world.
It helped in reaching a conclusion regarding how much more work needs to be done before hydrogen becomes a viable fuel source for vehicles. However, such a long distance drive by a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle using only fuel from permanent hydrogen filling stations shows how effective the energy source is.
The trip took five days in total. Similar tours conducted previously have relied on refuelling trucks to cover the distance.