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World’s First Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Truck, Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell, Heads to Europe for Commercial Use

2020.07.06 11:00:00 No. 16484

• Hyundai Motor is shipping the first 10 units of XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland
• Hyundai will roll out 50 trucks this year and total of 1,600 units by 2025
• Powered by 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system, XCIENT Fuel Cell can travel approximately 400 km on a single charge
• Developed independently by Hyundai Motor, XCIENT Fuel Cell will help decarbonize the world
• Hyundai to develop tractor unit with driving range of 1,000 kilometers on a single charge





SEOUL, July 6, 2020 – Hyundai Motor Company today 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, with handover to commercial fleet customers starting in September. Hyundai plans to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks by 2025, reflecting the company’s environmental commitment and technological prowess as it works toward reducing carbon emissions through zero-emission solutions.

“XCIENT Fuel Cell is a present-day reality, not as a mere future drawing board project. By putting this groundbreaking vehicle on the road now, Hyundai marks a significant milestone in the history of commercial vehicles and the development of hydrogen society,” said In Cheol Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor. “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.”

“Having introduced the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell electric passenger vehicle, the ix35, and the second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, the NEXO, Hyundai is now leveraging decades of experience, world-leading fuel-cell technology, and mass-production capability to advance hydrogen in the commercial vehicle sector with the XCIENT Fuel Cell,” he added.

XCIENT Fuel Cell

XCIENT is powered by a 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with dual 95-kW fuel cell stacks. Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 32.09 kg of hydrogen. The driving range per charge for XCIENT Fuel Cell is about 400km*, which was developed with an optimal balance between the specific requirements from the potential commercial fleet customers and the charging infrastructure in Switzerland. Refueling time for each truck takes approximately 8~20 minutes.

Fuel cell technology is particularly well-suited to commercial shipping and logistics due to long ranges and short refueling times. The dual-mounted fuel cell system provides enough energy to drive the heavy-duty trucks up and down the mountainous terrain in the region.

Hyundai Motor is developing a long-distance tractor unit capable of traveling 1,000 kilometers on a single charge equipped with an enhanced fuel cell system with high durability and power, aimed at global markets including North America and Europe.

Green Hydrogen Ecosystem

In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company formed Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy, which will lease the trucks to commercial truck operators on a pay-per-use basis, meaning there is no initial investment for the commercial fleet customers.

Hyundai chose Switzerland as the starting point for its business venture for various reasons. One of the reasons is the Swiss LSVA road tax on commercial vehicles, which does not apply for zero-emission trucks. That nearly equalizes the hauling costs per kilometer of the fuel cell truck compared to a regular diesel truck.

Hyundai’s business case involves using purely clean hydrogen generated from hydropower. To truly reduce carbon emissions, all of the trucks need to run on only green hydrogen. Switzerland is the country with one of the highest shares of hydropower globally, and can therefore deliver sufficient green energy for the production of hydrogen. Once the project is underway in Switzerland, Hyundai plans to expand it to other European countries as well.

Hyundai Hydrogen Leadership

As Hyundai looks to the future, zero-emissions mobility will play a significant role in the company’s strategy. In addition to the XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks, Hyundai is also the manufacturer of NEXO, its second-generation hydrogen-powered SUV. By 2025, the company aims to sell 670,000 electric vehicles annually, including 110,000 FCEVs.

In December 2018, Hyundai Motor Group announced its long-term roadmap, “Fuel Cell Vision 2030”, and reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate the development of a hydrogen society by leveraging its global leadership in fuel cell technologies. As part of this plan, Hyundai Motor Group aims to secure a 700,000-unit-a-year capacity of fuel cell systems for automobiles as well as vessels, rail cars, drones and power generators by 2030.


* Driving distance range around 400km in the 4X2 truck with refrigerated upfit configuration while operating 34ton truck + trailer combination



Main Specification

Item Model
 
XCIENT Fuel Cell
Vehicle Type
 
Cargo (Chassis Cab)
Cab Type
 
Day Cab
Drive System
 
LHD / 4X2
Dimensions [mm]
 
Wheel Base
 
5,130
Overall (Chassis Cab)
 
 
Length
9,745
 
Width
2,515
(2,550 with side   protector), Maximum allowable width 2,600
 
Height
3,730
Weight [kg]
 
 
Max. Gross Combination   Weight
36,000 as pull-cargo
Max. Gross Vehicle Weight
19,000 as rigid truck
 
Front / Rear
8,000 / 11,500
Empty Vehicle Weight   (Chassis Cab)
9,795
Calculated Performance
 
Drive Range
 
Accurate range to be   confirmed later
Max. Speed
 
85km/h
Powertrain
 
 
Fuel Cell Stack
190 kW (95 kW x 2 EA)
Battery
 
661 V / 73.2 kWh – by   Akasol
Motor / Inverter
350 kW / 3,400 Nm – by   Siemens
Transmission
 
ATM 4500R – by Allison /   6 forward speeds and 1 reverse speed
Rear Axle ratio
4.875
Hydrogen Tank
 
Filling Pressure
350 bar
Capacity
 
32.09 kg H2 (available   hydrogen amount at SOF 100%)
Brake
 
 
Service Brake
Disc
Auxiliary Brake
Retarder (4-Speed)
Suspension
 
 
Type
Front / Rear
Air (2-bag) / Air (4-bag)
Tires
Front / Rear
315/70R22.5 / 315/70R22.5
Safety
 
 
Front Collision-avoidance   Assist (FCA)
Standard
Smart Cruise Control   (SCC)
Standard
Electronic Braking System   (EBS) +
Vehicle Dynamic Control   (VDC)
Standard (ABS is included   in VDC)
Lane Departure Warning   (LDW)
Standard
Air Bag
 
Option
* Hyundai Motor Company   reserves the right to change specifications and equipment without prior   notice.


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About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company offers a range of world-class vehicles and mobility services in more than 200 countries. Hyundai Motor sold more than 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2019, and currently employs some 120,000 personnel worldwide. The company is enhancing its product lineup with vehicles designed to help usher in a more sustainable future, while offering innovative solutions to real-world mobility challenges. Through the process Hyundai aims to facilitate ‘Progress for Humanity’ with smart mobility solutions that vitalize connections between people and provide quality time to its customers.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at: 
http://worldwide.hyundai.com or http://globalpr.hyundai.com

More about Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility: 
www.hyundai-hm.com
More about Hydrospider AG: 
www.hydrospider.ch
More about H2 Energy: 
www.h2energy.ch
More about H2 Mobility Switzerland: 
www.h2mobilitaet.ch

Disclaimer: Hyundai Motor Company believes the information contained herein to be accurate at the time of release. However, the company may upload new or updated information if required and assumes that it is not liable for the accuracy of any information interpreted and used by the reader.

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