French aeronaut and president of the Solar Impulse Foundation, Bertrand Piccard has broken the world record for the longest distance traveled in a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single refuelling.

Driving in a Hyundai Nexo, Piccard left the FaHyence hydrogen station in Sarreguemines on Monday, November 25, a place chosen because of the Grand Est Region’s commitment to responsible mobility, and it arrived the next day at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget – a distance of 778 km. Never before has a production car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell covered so many kilometres on a single charge.

Accustomed to extraordinary challenges, including the first round-the-world trip in a balloon with Breitling Orbiter and the first round-the-world trip in a solar plane with Solar Impulse, this time Bertrand Piccard was able to take passengers along on this adventure.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, the French Minister of Economy and Finance and S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, sat alongside Piccard for this world record journey.

In his capacity as the new world distance record holder with a hydrogen vehicle, Bertrand Piccard said: “With this adventure, we have proven that with clean technologies, we no longer need revolutionary experimental prototypes to break records. Everyone can now do it with standard zero-emission vehicles."

As the first car manufacturer to mass produce hydrogen-powered vehicles, Hyundai is actively preparing for tomorrow’s zero emission mobility. Avoiding any dogmatic position on alternative energies, the brand is already responding to current changes in the car market by offering the widest choice of electrified powertrains on the market.

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