Fleet of Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks surpass 1 million-kilometre benchmark.
- XCIENT Fuel Cells collectively drive one million kilometres in Switzerland
- The fleet of hydrogen-powered trucks expected to grow by1,600 units by 2025
- Next, Hyundai Motor plans to expand hydrogen fuel cell trucking to North American market
Growing the fleet.
After initially launching the model in 2019, Hyundai revealed the 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck last month. The next generation of trucks features a bold grille design as well as updates to improve its performance. The new trucks come available in a 4x2 or 6x2 rigid body configuration.
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.
Shaping Hyundai’s future in hydrogen.
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,” Mark Freymüller, CEO of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility said. “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.”