Hyundai NEXO has set its first record for endurance in extreme conditions in the Val Thorens International Center of Records for Carbon-Free Vehicles (Savoy, France). French driver Adrien Tambay piloted a stock NEXO at 2,220 meters altitude for six hours, making a total of 190 laps on a single charge.
The NEXO is Hyundai’s second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and represents, since 2018, the company’s star technology. With a category-leading 666-kilometer range, the NEXO combines the benefits of clean mobility with the most advanced driver assistance systems.
According to official measurements, the record was translated into 267.8 cubic meters of purified air.
And is that the NEXO is equipped with an advanced air purification system It filters out harmful gases like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. In addition, it retains 99% of ultrafine particles (PM 2.5) from the air before it is used by the fuel cell to generate electricity and water vapor.
The electric motor, powered by a fuel cell, has once again shown that it can capture air, and therefore oxygen, and combine it with hydrogen to produce electricity and water. At the same time, this air is purified by the fuel cell.
The attempt to achieve this six-hour endurance record took place on Tuesday, December 14 at 7 a.m. Gthanks to its altitude of 2,200 meters, Val Thorens International Center for Carbon Free Vehicle Records guaranteed the Hyundai team some truly extreme conditions. The temperature at the beginning of the morning was -6ºC and the circuit was covered by an 11-centimeter layer of ice. Prominent figures and journalists attended the start of the test.
Tambay was accompanied by Bertrand Piccard, Swiss explorer and ecologist, founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation and ambassador of Hyundai Motor Europe. Piccard set a previous record with a production NEXO in normal traffic conditions. He traveled 778 kilometers through France in 2019, breaking the world record for the longest distance traveled in a fuel cell electric vehicle on a single charge. During this record, 404.6 cubic meters of air were purified, which is equivalent to the daily volume of air that 23 people breathe.