Hyundai Motor has delivered the first seven Xcient Fuel Cell fuel cell trucks to customers in Switzerland. The operation is to be exclusively based on green hydrogen, which is generated with electricity from renewable sources.
The seven companies Coop, Migros, Traveco, Galliker Logistics, Camion Transport, F. Murpf AG and G. Leclerc Transport AG will use the fuel cell trucks to transport consumer goods within Switzerland. A homologation for Germany is not planned. For the marketing of the vehicle and the development of the hydrogen infrastructure Hyunai Motors has founded the joint venture Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM) together with the Swiss company H2 Energy. HHM offers its customers the Xcient Fuel Cell trucks exclusively on a leasing basis.
The Xcient Fuel Cell is powered by two fuel cell units with 95 kW each. With a tank filling of 32 kg hydrogen, the range of the vehicles designed for trailer operation and 34 tons total weight is expected to be about 400 km. Refuelling is to take a maximum of 20 minutes.
According to the South Korean manufacturer, the Xcient Fuel Cell is the world’s first serially produced heavy duty truck with fuel cell drive. With the current delivery of the Xcient Fuel Cell in Switzerland, Hyundai has entered the European commercial vehicle market for the first time. Later, an expansion into North America and China is also planned.
In addition, Hyundai says it is already working on the next generation of the Xcient Fuel Cell. This will be based on a platform specially developed for fuel cell trucks, which will have an E-axle and two 200 kW fuel cell systems. With the second generation, Hyundai also intends to offer various configurations for the European market. For the 44-ton semitrailer truck, Hyundai wants to achieve a range of up to 1,000 kilometers with one tank filling.
According to Hyundai, the company has invested USD 1.3 billion in recent years to expand the production of fuel cell trucks worldwide. The company plans to increase production capacity to up to 2,000 Xcient Fuel Cell trucks per year by 2021.