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LHNE project aims at new hydrogen car records

We are currently attempting to set two new records for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as part of Hydrogen Week, alongside partner companies, with a continuous five-day and five-night drive around the M25.

As a member company of the government-backed London Hydrogen Network Expansion project (LHNE), we are attempting to set new records for the longest journey on one tank of hydrogen (existing record 435 miles) and the longest continuous FCEV journey (6,024 miles).

The record attempts, which began on 14 March, are part of the project’s efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of hydrogen-fuelled cars and their environmental credentials. Hydrogen FCEVs produce no harmful tailpipe emissions with water being the only by-product. With range and refuelling times similar to those of petrol or diesel cars, they can be seen as direct replacements for conventional vehicles.

A series of drivers, including members of the media, have taken the wheel of a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, and are currently attempting 50 clockwise laps of the M25.

Accelerating fuel cell progress

The LHNE partners are keen for the ongoing adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the UK, but one of the main challenges is the limited coverage of refuelling stations to support the vehicles. There are currently six stations in the UK, including the two public Air Products SmartFuel® stations in London and funding is in place for at least 12 to be operational in England and Scotland within the next 12 months.

Diana Raine, European Business Manager Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, which has led the LHNE project, said: “The LHNE project is part of a range of hydrogen transport initiatives; many companies, organisations and bodies have been working for several years to establish the foundations of a hydrogen transport system in the UK.

“Although much progress has been made, limited refuelling station coverage is one of the main issues restricting further uptake of FCEVs in the UK. A further public-private sector push will be required to move the sector to the next level.”

You can follow the car's progress on Twitter and learn more about Anglo American Platinum's FCEV efforts.

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