Hydrogen fuel cell trucks drive on German roads


The brand has already deployed 47 XCIENT fuel cell units in Switzerland, where they have driven more than 4 million kilometers until July 2022.

Seven German logistics, manufacturing and retail companies will commission 27 XCIENT fuel cell trucks with green commercial vehicle funding from the German Federal Ministry for Digital Industry and Transport (BMDV). Hyundai Motor Company has announced the export of its XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy duty trucks to Germany, Europe’s largest commercial vehicle market.

“We are delighted to now officially enter the German commercial vehicle market with our heavy-duty electric fuel cell truck, the XCIENT Fuel Cell. Hyundai Motor, recognized as the leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, will seize this opportunity to expand our business in the wider European market and successfully support Germany’s efforts to achieve its carbon neutrality goals.” said Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Innovation at Hyundai Motor Company.

The XCIENT Fuel Cell to be delivered is equipped with a 180 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90 kW fuel cells. System durability and overall vehicle fuel efficiency are tailored to the requirements of commercial fleet customers. The 350 kW electric motor with a maximum torque of 2,237 Nm enables dynamic driving.

The XCIENT Fuel Cell’s seven large hydrogen tanks provide a combined storage capacity of approximately 31 kg of fuel, while a set of three 72 kWh batteries provides an additional power source. The maximum autonomy is 400 km per charge. Refueling a full tank of hydrogen takes between 8 and 20 minutes, depending on the ambient temperature.

Launched in 2020 by Hyundai Motor, the XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-electric heavy truck. The company has already deployed 47 units in Switzerland, where they have covered more than four million kilometers as of July 2022. The trucks serve 23 different customers in Switzerland.

In August 2021, the BMDV launched its financing guidelines for commercial vehicles with alternative powertrains after approval by the European Commission. Funding is available for battery, fuel cell and hybrid (aviation) electric vehicles, corresponding to charging/refueling infrastructure and related feasibility studies. The BMDV will receive a budget of 1,600 million euros until 2024 to purchase ecological company cars.

The above seven German companies initially applied for financing from Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cells and successfully obtained approval from the BMDV, further demonstrating the competitiveness of the XCIENT Fuel Cell product.

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and Swiss company H2 Energy, has also established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility Germany GmbH (HHMG) to actively expand its access to the hydrogen commercial vehicle market in Germany. To establish a hydrogen ecosystem in the country, HHMG will handle sales and customer service in the local market and direct installers in the market. HHMG also plans to actively participate in the second funding program.

Source: La Verdad


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