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The Eco-Runner team from TU Delft embarked on an exciting journey on June 17, 2024, set out to break the world record for the longest distance driven on a single tank of hydrogen. With their hydrogen-powered vehicle, Eco-Runner XIV, they aimed to surpass the 1360 kilometers mark set by Toyota. While the team did not quite reach their  goal, their mission succeeded in showcasing the efficiency and potential of hydrogen as a sustainable fuel source.

The attempt involved driving the car along the historic Elfstedentocht route, a famous path in the Netherlands known for its legendary skating race. The vehicle was designed to operate continuously, with the team dividing itself into shifts to keep it moving without interruptions. Each day of their journey was shared on their website and social media.

On Monday, June 17, the hydrogen car set off in Friesland, marking the beginning of their world record attempt. The team aimed to travel the roads of the Elfstedentocht as many times as possible til the 1.45 kilogram tank was depleted. On the final day, the car stopped after covering an impressive 1273 kilometers, nearly reaching their ambitious target.

Paving the way for a greener future

This record attempt by TU Delft students is part of a broader trend towards green innovation. Hydrogen, especially when produced in a renewable way, presents a promising path towards sustainable transportation.

Although the TU Delft students did not achieve their record-breaking goal, their attempt has fueled growing interest and investment in hydrogen technology. Hydrogen technology holds great promise for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on fossil fuels. As the energy landscape evolves, innovations like the Eco-Runner XIV will play a crucial role in shaping a sustainable future.