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Hyundai unveils first hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck for Hylane

Truck manufacturer Hyundai has delivered its first hydrogen fuel-cell trucks in Germany

Hyundai has announced that its first hydrogen commercial vehicles for Hylane have arrived in Germany.

Hylane is a subsidiary of German insurance company DEVK and will use the trucks to begin a partnership with Hyundai.

“The first series-production trucks form the basis for a long-term cooperation with Hyundai, which we will continuously expand from now on,” Hylane managing director Sara Schiffer says.

“We rent the vehicles out at a fixed price per kilometre, allowing our customers to use the trucks as they need and with little risk.”

The arrival of these hydrogen trucks marks a milestone in the history of German mobility as the trucks have the potential to decarbonise heavy road transport.

Hyundai hydrogen mobility COO Daniel Keller and chief strategy officer Hojun Suh travelled to Bremerhaven for the handover to the first customer in Germany.

“This is a historic moment. Following the successful launch of the Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell truck in Switzerland, we are expanding our activities in Europe and focusing initially on Germany,” Hyundai hydrogen mobility CEO Beat Hirschi says.

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“We were successful in convincing Hylane to participate, a young company that shares our values and makes a real contribution to environmental protection and the decarbonisation of heavy goods transport.”

The vehicles delivered were funded by the federal ministry for digital and transport.

Hyundai says the XCIENT fuel cell vehicles have a range of around 400 kilometres and store hydrogen in seven tanks, with an average refuelling time of 10 minutes.

The XCIENT fuel cell for Hylane is a further development of the first series-produced H2 trucks to be used in Germany.

As soon as the trucks leave the ship, they go to the body-builders where the customised versions are configured.

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