Hyundai Motor Company has taken the wraps off its XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor, a class 8 6×4 fuel cell electric model, designed specifically for the North American commercial vehicle (CV) market. The debut took place at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, where Hyundai is showcasing not only the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor but also its hydrogen fuel cell system.
Why It Matters
Hyundai’s unveiling underscores the company’s firm commitment to creating a hydrogen ecosystem, a key part of its broader vision to achieve carbon neutrality and promote ‘Progress for Humanity.’ The company believes in the transformative power of hydrogen as a clean, sustainable energy source capable of revolutionizing various forms of mobility, from commercial vehicles to marine vessels and air mobility.
At the Hyundai press conference, Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Vehicle and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Business at Hyundai Motor, emphasized that hydrogen is a pragmatic solution for realizing Hyundai’s ambition of carbon-neutral, emission-free mobility. Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, according to Ramirez, is industry-leading, boasting efficiency and durability proven in real-world applications.
The XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor, first introduced in 2020, has been successfully deployed in five countries (Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Korea, and New Zealand), covering over 4 million miles. It stands as the sole heavy-duty fuel cell electric model with a demonstrated record of technological reliability and practical application. The vehicle, equipped with two 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell systems (totaling 180 kW power) and a 350 kW e-motor, has a maximum gross combination weight of 82,000 lbs and can cover over 450 miles per charge, even when fully loaded.
Hyundai’s introduction of the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor for the North American CV market signals a significant step towards achieving carbon neutrality. It offers a practical glimpse of a future where hydrogen could play a crucial role in various mobility applications, beyond just commercial vehicles. By leveraging its pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology, Hyundai is not only transforming transportation but also spearheading the development of an integrated hydrogen ecosystem spanning production, storage, transport, and delivery.