SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai Motor is shipping its first 10
Xcient Fuel Cell trucks, claimed to be the world’s first mass-produced fuel
cell heavy-duty trucks, to fleets in Switzerland.
It plans to produce 50 trucks this year and 1,600 by 2025,
powered by a 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system capable of 400 kms per charge. Hyundai
says it will eventually achieve a driving range of 1,000 kms per charge.
Commercial fleet managers in Switzerland will begin
deploying the trucks in September.
“Xcient Fuel Cell
is a present-day reality, not as a mere future drawing board project. By
putting this groundbreaking vehicle on the road now, Hyundai marks a
significant milestone in the history of commercial vehicles and the development
of hydrogen society,” said In Cheol Lee, executive vice-president and head
of the commercial vehicle division at Hyundai Motor. “Building a comprehensive
hydrogen ecosystem, where critical transportation needs are met by vehicles
like Xcient Fuel Cell, will lead to a paradigm shift that removes automobile
emissions from the environmental equation.”
The trucks will
house seven hydrogen tanks with a combined storage capacity of about 32 kgs.
Hyundai showed the truck in North America for the first time at the 2019 North
American Commercial Vehicle Show.
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