Hyundai Motor Company has shipped the first 10 units of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland. The company plans to ship a total of 50 XCIENT Fuel Cells to Switzerland this year. It plans to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks by 2025.
XCIENT is powered by a 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with dual 95-kW fuel cell stacks. The driving range for XCIENT Fuel Cell is about 400 km on a single refuelling.
In Cheol Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor, says: “XCIENT Fuel Cell is a present-day reality, not as a mere future drawing board project. By putting this ground-breaking vehicle on the road now, Hyundai marks a significant milestone in the history of commercial vehicles and the development of hydrogen society.”
Lee adds: “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.”
Hyundai Motor says it’s also developing a long-distance tractor unit capable of traveling 1,000 kilometres on a single charge. Equipped with an enhanced fuel cell system, it will be aimed at global markets including North America and Europe.