650 miles per tank – with liquid hydrogen

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have come up with a way to get 650 miles on one tank of hydrogen. Liquid hydrogen, that is. Recently, the team set a new world record after they installed a super insulated hydrogen gas tank in a standard Prius. The tank was able to hold a full load of the liquid hydrogen without it evaporating for 6 days. By comparison, the new Honda FCX Clarity has a range of about 280 miles.

Their design also allows the tank to hold much cheaper compressed hydrogen – you can switch to liquid for really long trips. The tank is also durable -although they tried, they couldn’t get the tank to blow up – even after shooting one full tank with a gun.

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