Hyundai becomes the first company to successfully ships the world’s first fuel cell heavy-duty trucks.
As the world continuously moving to the alternate source of power after the danger of extinction of fossil fuel, alternative fuels like electricity, solar power, and hydrogen fuel cell are taking a leap into the automotive industry, changing its path completely for the commercial market. Fuel cell technology is particularly well-suited to commercial shipping and logistics due to long ranges and short refueling times, but haven’t gained much popularity yet. But things are about to change now after the release of Hyundai’s First Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Truck, XCIENT.
Hyundai Motor Company shipped the first 10 units of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell on 6th July, to Switzerland. The company plans to ship a total of 50 XCIENT Fuel Cells to Switzerland this year, with handover to commercial fleet customers starting in September.
After Hyundai Motor Group announced its long-term roadmap, “Fuel Cell Vision 2030” In December 2018. Hyundai Motor Company formed Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy In 2019, which will lease the trucks to commercial truck operators on a pay-per-use basis, meaning there is no initial investment for the commercial fleet customers.
XCIENT is powered by a 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with dual 95-kW fuel cell stacks. Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 32.09 kg of hydrogen. The driving range per charge for XCIENT Fuel Cell is about 400km, which was developed with an optimal balance between the specific requirements from the potential commercial fleet customers and the charging infrastructure in Switzerland. Refueling time for each truck takes approximately 8~20 minutes. The dual-mounted fuel cell system provides enough energy to drive the heavy-duty trucks up and down the mountainous terrain in the region.
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