Hyundai XCIENT Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Upgraded as Company Eyes Expansion

Hyundai has given its XCIENT Fuel Cell truck – the world’s first mass-produced, heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen – an upgrade.

While the design has been tweaked, the 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell is now available in a 6×2 rigid body configuration as well as the 4×2 option introduced in the previous model and the underlying tech has been given a boost.

The 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell is equipped with a 180kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90kW fuel cell stacks, newly modified for the heavy-duty truck. Power comes from a 350kW e-motor with maximum torque of 2,237Nm.

Hyundai says the fuel cell system’s durability as well as the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency has been improved to better stay in tune with the demands of commercial fleet customers.

Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 31kg of fuel, while three 72kWh high voltage batteries provide an additional source of power. The maximum driving range of 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell is set to be around 400 km. Refueling a full tank of hydrogen takes about 8 to 20 minutes, depending on the ambient temperature.

With the launch of the enhanced model, Hyundai says it plans to accelerate the global push of its heavy-duty fuel cell truck.

The company shipped a total of 46 units to Switzerland last year and, as of May 2021, the cumulative driving range of those trucks in operation reached over 750,000km. Hyundai will ship another 140 units to Switzerland by the end of this year as part of its plan to roll out 1,600 of the trucks in Europe by 2025.

“The customers are very pleased with the quality and driving comfort of the truck. There is a lot of interest for the truck outside Switzerland as well. We are very confident that we will see XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks on the road in other European countries next year,” says Mark Freymueller, CEO of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility.

Hyundai also plans to introduce the XCIENT Fuel Cell truck to the North American market this year and is looking at China and the potential to introduce the truck to corporate and government customers there.

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