Hyundai has shipped ten heavy fuel cell trucks to Switzerland, which are to be used there from September 2020. At the same time, the South Korean truck manufacturer has announced that it is developing an H2 tractor unit with a range of 1000 km per filling for heavy long-haul transport.
Following the arrival of the first Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell in Switzerland in February, the current delivery of another ten vehicles marks the start of series production for Hyundai. The manufacturer plans to deliver a total of 50 of these hydrogen-powered motor cars in the course of the year, and by 2025 the total is expected to be 1,600.
The Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell has a 190 kW electric motor, powered by two fuel cell units with 95 kW output each. The vehicle’s seven tanks offer a total storage capacity of 32.09 kg of hydrogen. According to the manufacturer, this configuration gives the H2 truck a range of 400 km per tank filling. Refuelling the vehicle should be as fast as refuelling a diesel truck. The two-axle motor vehicles with a refrigerated body are to drive in Switzerland with a trailer and a gross vehicle weight of 34 tons.
According to Hyundai, the company is also already working on the development of a fuel cell-powered semitrailer tractor. This will have a range of 1,000 kilometers per tank of fuel. While the Xcient Fuel Cells currently being delivered are specially designed to meet the requirements and refuelling infrastructure in Switzerland, the new tractor unit is to be deployed globally in the future, including in Europe and North America.