World first Hydrogen fuel-cell truck prepares to hit the road in Switzerland

Hyundai’s all-new hydrogen fuel-cell powered heavy-duty vehicle, the Xcient Fuel Cell, has made its global debut in Switzerland.

The world’s first fuel-cell heavy vehicle, 10 Xcient Fuel Cell vehicles were recently delivered as part of Hyundai’s plan to roll out 50 units in total by the end of the year.

The vehicle is powered by a 190-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell system, split into two 95-kW fuel cell stacks. Approximately 32.09kg of hydrogen will be stored in each of the seven hydrogen tanks in the vehicle, providing fuel for up to 400km of driving.

An 8-20 minute refuelling time has been predicted for the vehicles based on the current levels of refuelling infrastructure available in Switzerland.

The arrival of the Xcient Fuel Cell represents Hyundai’s latest example of their commitment to zero-emission technology, with the company aiming to deliver 110,000 fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) by 2025, including 1,600 Xcient Fuel Cell’s.

“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 Hyundai Executive Vice President and head of Commercial Vehicles, Cheol Lee.

“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 Xcient Fuel Cell joins the NEXO SUV model in Hyundai’s emerging fleet of FCEVs, a fleet built on decades of research, innovation and development.

“Having introduced the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell electric passenger vehicle, the ix35, and the second-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle, the NEXO, Hyundai is now leveraging decades of experience, world-leading fuel-cell technology, and mass-production capability to advance hydrogen in the commercial vehicle sector with the XCIENT Fuel Cell.”

Hydrogen fuel cell technology is considered an ideal fuel source for commercial heavy-vehicle transport due to the long-range offered and short fuel-times compared to those offered by battery electric vehicles. Hyundai is currently in the process of developing a long-range fuel cell that will be capable of delivering a driving range of 1000 kilometres, providing even bigger benefits for long-distance haulage.

Source: Caradvice | Hyundai delivers world’s first hydrogen-powered trucks

13 July 2020

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