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There and back - On hydrogen from Warsaw to Paris

Drove Toyota MIRAI from Warsaw to Paris and back - JOURNEY REPORT

THERE AND BACK - from Warsaw to Paris and back - one of the longest „hydrogen trip” across Europe.

In 8 days I drove 4905 km, on the way visited Berlin, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Paris and on return amazing Swiss mountain passes (Susten, Grimsel, Furka and St Gottard). Mirai did very well. It looks grat catching the eye wherever it appeared (even on mountain passes in Switzerland among the „herd animals” such as motorcyclists).

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France (covered in art installation by Cristo)

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France (covered in art installation by Cristo)

It's great to drive, fast and can go far. Actually, on the highways of Europe, I can say like a standard car (by standard I mean the one that exhausts fumes from a pipe) with the addition of the great comfort of an electric car. Yes, on the way from Warsaw to Berlin, I had to slow down without any publicly available hydrogen station on the way. Although it was not a big problem for me to drive, and I could go a lot further beyond Berlin, driving around 100 km/h. In this section, I used an average of 0.73 kg of hydrogen per 100 km, the tanks contain 5.6 kg.

After Berlin, you could drive as you please, being only slowed down from time to time by speed limits and road works. There are a lot of hydrogen stations, so close to each other that on the whole route from onwards Berlin I was close to the reserve only once. You refuel quickly and just go on.

Hydrogen station near Hanover, Germany

Hydrogen station near Hanover, Germany

On German highways, it is known that you drive faster, sometimes 160 km+, sometimes slower due to restrictions and road works, but generally between 140-160 km/h, the range of the car is 400 km+. On motorways in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland, where you cannot drive faster than 120-130 km/h, the range is 500+. In total, the car along the way, with the filling of tanks at the non-public station in Warsaw, was refuelled 15 times, altogether the tanks were filled with less than 50 kg of hydrogen, the average consumption on the entire route from Berlin onwards was 1.07 kg/100 km.

On the way to Susten Pass, Switzerland

On the way to Susten Pass, Switzerland

Is Mirai better than cars with batteries? Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but most of all they have great potential and will still develop. I think both will function together as diesel and gasoline cars today. Time will tell.

Today I do not see any reason why a citizen of Cologne or Berlin should not replace his current fumes producing car from Stuttgart or Munich and even Wolfsburg with Mirai.

Driving down from the Furka Pass, Switzerland

Driving down from the Furka Pass, Switzerland

During the trip together with cameraman Kamil Piechowiak who by the way loves my spaghetti, we worked on the material for a mini-series which is now available to watch on my YouTube channel.

There and back - EPISODE 1

THERE and back - EPISODE 2

There and BACK - EPISODE 3

See you on the way!

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Comments (23)

  • Obligatory... ;-)

      12 days ago
    • Thankfully he didn't drive a German-made car on his trip lol

        11 days ago
  • You found places selling hydrogen!!!

      13 days ago
    • Yes there are about 120 working public H2 stations currently in Europe. Apparently more is coming this year

        8 days ago
  • Beaautiful content!!! Lovely car!!!

      13 days ago
  • Susten SUSten SUS Amogus

      12 days ago
  • How was it?

      13 days ago
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