Posted by Priya Singh On 04-Aug-2022 10:20 AM
Hyundai Motor has already deployed 47 XCIENT Fuel Cell units in Switzerland, where they have driven over 4 million kilometres as of July 2022.
Seven German logistics, manufacturing, and retail organizations will use 27 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in their fleets, thanks to supporting environmentally friendly commercial vehicles from Germany's Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).
"We are pleased to announce that our heavy-duty fuel cell electric truck, the XCIENT Fuel Cell, has now officially entered the German commercial vehicle market. Hyundai Motor, a recognized leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, will capitalize on this opportunity to expand our business into the broader European market by successfully supporting Germany's efforts to achieve carbon neutrality," said Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Innovation at Hyundai Motor Company.
After receiving clearance from the European Commission, BMDV released its funding recommendations for commercial cars with alternative drive systems in August 2021. Funding is available for battery, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicles, as well as supporting infrastructure and feasibility studies. BMDV will have a budget of 1.6 billion euros available to purchase environmentally efficient commercial cars through 2024.
The aforementioned seven German companies filed for funding with Hyundai's XCIENT Fuel Cells and were approved by BMDV, demonstrating the product competitiveness of the XCIENT Fuel Cell.
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and the Swiss company H2 Energy, has also launched Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility Germany GmbH (HHMG) to actively push its entry into the German market for hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. HHMG will run local market sales and customer service, as well as up fitter management, to develop a hydrogen ecosystem in the country. HHMG also intends to take an active role in the second funding round.
Specifications for the XCIENT Fuel Cell
The supplied XCIENT Fuel Cell is outfitted with a 180-kW hydrogen fuel cell system and two 90-kW fuel cell stacks. The durability of the system and the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicle are matched to the needs of commercial fleet customers.
The 350-kW e-motor produces a maximum torque of 2,237 Nm, allowing for aggressive driving performance. The seven enormous hydrogen tanks aboard the XCIENT Fuel Cell have a total storage capacity of roughly 31 kg of fuel, while a 72-kWh-powered set of three batteries provides an extra source of power. The maximum driving range per charge is 400 km. A full tank of hydrogen takes 8 to 20 minutes to refuel, depending on the temperature.
XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-electric heavy-duty truck. As of July 2022, the business has already deployed 47 units in Switzerland, where they had driven more than four million kilometres. The trucks serve 23 distinct customers in Switzerland.
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