Hyundai confirms launch of first fuel-cell trucks

Hyundai confirms launch of first fuel-cell trucks”

Production capacity of the fuel cell truck will reach 2,000 units per year by 2021 to support its expansion. The operations will be backed by a robust green hydrogen ecosystem.

"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". Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 32.09 kg (70.7 lbs) of hydrogen.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor intends to develop a hydrogen truck that travels more than 1,000 kilometers before refueling with hydrogen, while the current XICIANT only travels 400 kilometers before refueling. Phoenix-based Nikola, a start-up dedicated to fuel-cell trucks which quickly rose as the Korean carmaker's competitor, is facing fraud allegations regarding the novelty of its technology.

According to Lee In-cheol, executive vice president and head of the commercial vehicle division at Hyundai Motor, the delivery of the Xcient starts a new chapter in Hyundai's push for hydrogen and the global community's use of this clean energy source. "Today's delivery is just a beginning as it opens endless possibilities for clean mobility".

Hyundai hopes to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell's by 2025, reflecting what the company describes as "its commitment to clean mobility and vision for a future hydrogen society".

The North American market is to also get a 6x4 prime mover model.

Hyundai Motor exports 64,000 hydrogen trucks in 2030

Hyundai expects more than 12,000 fuel cell trucks will be deployed on roads in the 2030.

As for the Chinese market, the automaker said it is closely cooperating with the government, which is working toward the goal of 1 million FCEVs by 2030, and it aims to export over 27,000 units of the fuel cell vehicle by 2030, Hyundai added.

HHM was set up by Hyundai and Swiss startup H2 energy in 2019 to partner with Hydrospider, a joint venture of H2 Energy, industrial gas maker Linde and Swiss power utility Alpiq.

Three fuel cell electric trucks are scheduled for launch in China, including a medium-duty truck in 2022, a heavy-duty truck in several years and another heavy-duty truck specifically designed for the China market.

As for the supply deal in the Swiss market, Hyundai will provide the vehicles on a pay-per-use model, different from conventional sales.

To back this plan, Hyundai says it is partnering with companies to build a complete hydrogen value chain covering everything from hydrogen production and charging stations to service and maintenance. Hyundai Motor is now the only carmaker producing hydrogen-powered trucks.

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