Green Team Twente’s FCEV is a World-Record Hydrogen Sipper
Horizon hydrogen fuel cell stacks already are used to power the fastest remote-controlled FCEVs on Earth, but they are also used to achieve some impressive fuel efficiency numbers. In June 2022 at the TT Circuit in Assen, the Netherlands during the Shell Eco Marathon, Green Team Twente used a Horizon H-1000 XP fuel cell stack in its FCEV to achieve second place victory for fuel efficiency. Essentially the team’s car could essentially go 3,382km on one kilogram of hydrogen, which would be like going from San Francisco to Chicago.
While that is an amazing feat all on its own it is even more so considering that Green Team Twente used a pre-owned fuel cell stack, and despite using an older stack it was able to set the 3,382km record which beat the previous world-record set by the same team in 2019. Not only does the team’s efficiency victory on the TT Circuit clearly demonstrate the longevity of hydrogen fuel cell stacks over physical distances, but it also proves the reliability of fuel cell stacks over time as well. The ability of fuel cell stacks to reduce a person’s vehicle emissions to zero is a major plus, but drivers also need their vehicle’s powertrain to work every time they turn their vehicles on and fuel cell stacks deliver on that front, too.
Green Team Twente’s new world-record is definitely something worth celebrating, and now the team is moving onto the Formula Student competition to see what new heights it can reach. However, given that fuel cells are still a maturing technology, the team’s record provides the tantalizing possibility that perhaps one day all entry level FCEVs sold by manufacturers like Hyundai and Toyota will be capable of going 1,000 miles between refills. Only time will tell but the FCEV future definitely looks bright and clean with impressive fuel economy!
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