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Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered heavy duty trucks accumulate more than 5 million km

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Hyundai Motor XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks fleet in Switzerland has accumulated more than 5 million km in two years, the company had announced.

The company, starting in 2020 has already exported 47 units of the hydrogen-powered, zero-emission commercial trucks to 23 Swiss companies, which are using them for logistics, distribution and supermarket fulfillment.

“XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first heavy-duty fuel cell truck to achieve 5 million km of cumulative driving in real-life customer operation. The experience we’ve gained and the milestone we’ve achieved in Switzerland will provide good insights to many countries that are preparing to transition to a sustainable hydrogen society. Based on this proven track record of successful operation in Switzerland, we’ll expand this business throughout Europe,”

Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Innovation at Hyundai Motor Company.

Hyundai Motor in 2019 established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM) in partnership with Swiss company H2 Energy which partnered with H2 Mobility Switzerland Association, a hydrogen fueling network builder and XCIENT customer, and green hydrogen production company Hydrospider.

The company is playing a crucial role in creating an emission-free, green hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck ecosystem where vehicle supply, hydrogen fueling, and green hydrogen production are organically connected.
The XCIENT Fuel Cell is equipped with a 180-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90-kW fuel cell stacks. The system’s durability and the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency are tailored to the demands of commercial fleet customers.

The 350-kW e-engine with the maximum torque of 2,237 Nm empowers dynamic driving performance. Its seven huge hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 31 kg of fuel, while a 72-kWh-controlled set of three batteries upholds the exhibition.

The driving reach is more than 400 km for each charge in true circumstances. Refueling a full tank of hydrogen takes around 8 to 20 minutes, contingent upon the surrounding temperature.

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