Hyundai delivers first batch of xcient fuel cell trucks

Hyundai has delivered the first seven units of its XCIENT Fuel Cell electric heavy-duty truck to customers in Switzerland. A total of 50 are due to hit the roads there this year.

The company says that production capacity of the will reach 2,000 units per year by 2021 to support its expansion into Europe, the U.S. and China as demand for clean mobility grows. The increase in capacity will be backed by a $US1.3 billion ($AU1.8 billion) investment in addition to a previously announced $US6.4 billion ($AU9 billion) stake in establishing a hydrogen ecosystem to support creation of a hydrogen society.

To support the growing hydrogen ecosystem, Hyundai says it has a business case for more than 100 hydrogen fueling stations in Switzerland, which it says is enough not only for commercial vehicles, but also passenger fuel cell electric vehicles.

Elsewhere, Hyundai is collaborating with businesses in the US to supply mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty trucks and to build a hydrogen value chain covering everything from hydrogen production and charging stations to service and maintenance.

The company revealed the fuel cell-powered HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept Class 8 heavy-duty truck at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show in October 2019.

Hyundai also is working with parties in China where it is reportedly looking to launch three fuel cell electric truck models.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (November 2020)

26 November 2020

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