Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility grabs ‘Watt d’Or 2021’ for advancing Swiss decarbonisation efforts.
- Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM) - a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy AG - was awarded ‘Watt d’Or 2021’ for fostering Switzerland’s burgeoning hydrogen ecosystem
- HHM and its business partners Hydrospider AG, H2 Energy AG and H2 Mobility Switzerland Association were honoured in “Energy-efficient Mobility” category
- The Swiss Federal Office of Energy annually bestows the award to entities making innovative progress in Switzerland’s future-oriented energy scene
Currently in Switzerland, the coalition has 50 units of Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell - the world’s first fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck - which are in the process of being rented out to commercial customers, and the plan is to have 1,600 XCIENT units in operations by 2025.
“We are very proud that the Swiss Federal Office of Energy has recognised our effort to establish the first commercially-viable zero-emission hydrogen network,” said Mark Freymüller, CEO of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility. “Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility has always advocated that the future of mobility has to be a mix of different technologies, with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles playing a major role alongside battery electric vehicles. We are happy that we are able to demonstrate what this vision looks like in reality here in Switzerland, and we will continue to do so in the future.”
With its emission-free hydrogen cycle, the private-sector initiative is making a major contribution to Switzerland’s decarbonisation efforts in the heavy-goods transport industry; a fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck annually travelling around 80,000 kilometres achieves yearly savings of 64 to 65 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Furthermore, by producing green hydrogen exclusively from renewable energies such as hydro, solar and wind, the coalition has tangibly boosted the supply and demand for hydrogen in an eco-friendly, emission-free way.
For Hyundai Motor Company, the recognition of Watt d’Or 2021 serves as a reminder of its advanced fuel cell technological prowess and its commercial viability. Hyundai Motor, via Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, has demonstrated that a unique cooperation between different partners can bring about a hydrogen economy much sooner and more productively than previously thought.