Hyundai’s Longer Range XCIENT Fuel Cell Hitting the Road In California

Hyundai Motor Company continues to take big strides in its development of new energy vehicles and announced in July its plans to deploy the company’s Xcient hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks in California, in the United States.

The Xcient Fuel Cell debuted last year in Switzerland, and the units there have already racked up more than one million kms of driving. Those models use a 350-bar, 32kg hydrogen tank that provides around 400km of driving range.

The models aimed for the U.S. are much beefier, with the Class 8 trucks to be deployed in California to have a maximum driving range of 800km thanks to the hydrogen being stored in greater quantity in tanks rated at 700 bar, or about 10,000 psi, of pressure. The maximum gross combination weight of Class 8 Xcient Fuel Cell truck will be more than 37 tonnes (37,000kg).

Hyundai Motor teamed with public and private partners in the U.S. to operate the Xcient.

The NorCAL ZERO project will deploy 30 Class 8 Xcient Fuel Cell trucks, with a 6×4 drive axle configuration, to northern California by the second quarter of 2023. Glovis America, a logistics service provider, will be the fleet operator of these trucks.

The consortium also plans to establish a high-capacity hydrogen refuelling station in Oakland, California that will be able to support as many as 50 trucks with an average fill of 30kg.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (August 2021) 

11 August 2021

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