Hyundai Xcient hydrogen fleet nails major target


South Korean firm's Swiss fuel-cell trucks travel 1 million kilometres

Hyundai Xcient hydrogen fleet nails major target
Hyundai Xcient fuel-cell truck

 

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility’s fleet of Xcient Fuel Cell trucks has collectively exceeded 1 million kilometres of driving in 11 months of service in Switzerland.

During that time, the fleet is estimated to have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 630 tonnes, compared to diesel-powered vehicles.

Since hitting Swiss roads last October, Hyundai reports that the fleet of now 46 hydrogen fuel cell trucks have been able to reach this milestone in the service of 25 Swiss companies in logistics, distribution and supermarket fulfilment. 

"Hyundai shares this achievement with customers that have integrated the world’s first mass-provided heavy-duty fuel cell trucks in their business operations, replacing regular diesel trucks," it says.

Customers in Switzerland are said to have expressed their satisfaction with the performance of the Xcient Fuel Cell trucks so far, noting eco-friendliness, short refuelling times, and a long-range as the top benefits.

"Swiss transport and logistics companies are convinced that hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles have the greatest potential among various alternative energy vehicles," Jörg Ackermann, chairman of the H2 mobility Switzerland association says.

"The member companies do not stop at simply introducing hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

"They have high expectations for the hydrogen energy source that holds great potential for the future and believe that hydrogen will be the key for transitioning to eco-friendly energy."

"Specifically, the biggest advantage of hydrogen energy is its excellent storability.

"This suggests that hydrogen will play an important role in the era of eco-friendly energy.

"Many distribution companies are already experiencing the benefits directly by using the Xcient fuel cell trucks, and I think that if summer operation is completed successfully, the demand for the Xcient fuel cell trucks will increase even more."

After initially launching the model in 2019, Hyundai revealed the 2021 Xcient Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck last month.

The new trucks come available in a 4x2 or 6x2 rigid body configuration.


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A total of 140 units of the 2021 model will be shipped to Switzerland by the end of this year. Taking this eco-friendly shift even further, the fleet will grow to 1,600 hydrogen-electric trucks by 2025.

In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company started a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy to create Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM). Based in Switzerland, HHM leases the Xcient Fuel Cell trucks to commercial truck operators on a pay-per-use basis with includes the hydrogen supply as well. The benefit for commercial fleet customers is that there is no initial investment.

"HHM plans to go into other European countries next year," Hyundai hydrogen mobility CEO Mark Freymüller says.

"Germany and the Netherlands are the most likely, and there is also strong interest for our vehicles from nearly every other European country. Hyundai’s latest push will put more pressure on local players, which are developing their own hydrogen plans."

Hyundai  has set an annual sales goal of 110,000 fuel cell electric vehicles worldwide by 2025, under its ‘Strategy 2025’ plan.

Meanwhile, the wider Hyundai Motor Group plans to ramp up production capacity for hydrogen-powered vehicles to 500,000 units by 2030. One of the ways Hyundai plans on achieving this is by bringing its fuel cell electric vehicle technology to the commercial vehicle market.

Hyundai has also announced plans to expand into prime movers.

The company is considering North America as the first market in which the products will be tested and launched. With a hold in two of the world’s strongest industrial markets, Hyundai says it aims to set an example with its hydrogen-powered trucks.

Europe is gradually shifting toward clean mobility. The European Union announced a green recovery plan as part of its new hydrogen strategy.

 

 

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