Hyundai Fuel Cell Trucks Achieve Milestone

Hyundai Motor Company‘s XCIENT Fuel Cell electric heavy-duty trucks have reached a significant milestone, surpassing a cumulative driving distance of 10 million kilometers in Swiss fleet usage. This achievement underscores the reliability of Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell technology and its potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Key Highlights:

  • Cumulative Driving Distance: XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks have covered 10 million kilometers in Switzerland.
  • Environmental Impact: This is equivalent to the carbon reduction achieved by 5 million square meters of pine forest.
  • Global Deployment: XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks are operational in 10 countries, including the U.S., Germany, and France.
Hyundai Fuel Cell Trucks Achieve Milestone

Achievements in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

In just three years and eight months since the XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks began operations in Switzerland in October 2020, Hyundai Motor has demonstrated the long-term reliability of its hydrogen fuel cell technology. This achievement is a milestone for mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks.

Currently, there are 48 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks operating in Switzerland. Each truck is powered by two 90-kW fuel cell systems (totaling 180 kW) and a 350 kW e-motor, providing a maximum range of over 400 kilometers.

Environmental Benefits

Compared to diesel trucks, the XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks offer a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Over the 10 million kilometers driven, these trucks have prevented approximately 6,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. This reduction is comparable to the annual carbon absorption of around 700,000 pine trees or creating a pine forest covering 508 hectares.

All XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in Switzerland use ‘green hydrogen,’ ensuring no carbon emissions during hydrogen production and contributing to an eco-friendly hydrogen value chain in Europe.

Technological Advancements and Ecosystem Development

This milestone also advances hydrogen fuel cell technology. By analyzing data on mileage, hydrogen consumption, and fuel cell stack performance, Hyundai Motor plans to enhance its hydrogen fuel cell technology further and apply it to various vehicle types.

Hyundai Motor is committed to supporting and actively participating in the creation of a commercial hydrogen ecosystem, including the entire value chain of production, charging infrastructure, and consumption of hydrogen.

Hyundai Fuel Cell Trucks Achieve Milestone

Expansion of HTWO and Hydrogen Vision

At CES 2024, Hyundai Motor announced the expansion of HTWO, the brand dedicated to its hydrogen fuel cell system. HTWO will now represent the entire hydrogen value chain business for Hyundai Group, from production to storage, transportation, and utilization, accelerating the transition to a hydrogen society.

In May, Hyundai Motor unveiled its hydrogen vision and introduced its U.S. clean logistics business at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2024. This includes key projects like the NorCAL ZERO Project, deploying 30 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in California, and the Clean Logistics Project at Hyundai Motor Group’s production facility in Georgia.

Global Deployment and Recognition

The XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks, recognized for their reliability and eco-friendliness, are deployed in 10 countries, including the U.S., Germany, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Korea, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.

About Hyundai Motor Company

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company operates in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees. The company is committed to tackling mobility challenges and transforming into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. Hyundai invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and continues to introduce zero-emission vehicles with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.

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