Hyundai examines worldwide distribution of hydrogen truck Xcient

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Hyundai examines worldwide distribution of hydrogen truck Xcient-hydrogen

The auto and vehicle manufacturer Hyundai shows first pictures of the revised fuel cell truck Xcient Fuel Cell, the world’s first produced in series and heavy duty cars operated with hydrogen. According to its own statement in August 2021, the South Korean manufacturer will record the production of the refreshed Xcient Fuel Cell. Hyundai Motor uses its more than 20 years of experience in fuel cell technology to promote its vision of an environmentally friendly hydrogen society. With the revised XCient Fuel Cell, the South Koreans want to contribute to the broad introduction of commercial vehicles with hydrogen drive.

With the fuel cell truck, the goal is to accelerate the worldwide distribution of the model. Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy, also works on concepts for introducing the Xcient Fuel Cell in European markets. In Switzerland, around four dozen the hydrogen trucks are already on the road in practice.

The new model year of the fuel cell truck is equipped with a 180 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90 kW fuel cell stacks each. The longevity of the fuel cell system as well as the total fuel efficiency of the vehicle have been improved to better meet the requirements of commercial fleet customers. The 350 kW electric motor with a maximum torque of 2237 Nm is also possible to enable powerful performance on gradients and in the gradient in mountainous regions.

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With seven hydrogen tanks, the Xcient Fuel Cell offers a combined storage capacity of around 31 kilograms of hydrogen, next to three 72 kWh batteries as an additional energy source. The maximum range indicates the manufacturer with about 400 kilometers. The seven hydrogen tanks can be fully filled in about eight to 20 minutes, depending on the ambient temperature at about eight to 20 minutes.

With this range and the rapid refueling, fuel cell technology is also available as an ideal solution for heavy traffic on longer routes. The revised Xcient Fuel Cell is available with the introduction of the model year 2021 next to the 4 × 2 variant also as a 6 × 2 chassis with double rear axle. The redesigned grille comes in “V” shape and chrome honeycomb optics. The blue color details are intended to visualize the environmentally friendly drive with hydrogen and round off the design of the Xcient Fuel Cell.

Xcient Fuel Cell on the streets of Europe, North America and China’s

Already in 2020, Hyundai delivered 46 units of Xcient Fuel Cell in Switzerland. With a cumulative range of 750.000 kilometers, these trucks have appreciated 585 tonnes of carbon emissions compared to diesel-powered vehicles.

As part of the plan to deliver by 2025 another 1600 units of the fuel cell truck to Europe, Hyundai wants to hand over 140 units of the Xcient Fuel Cell in Switzerland by the end of this year. The customers there are very satisfied with the quality and driving comfort of the truck, says Mark Freymuller, CEO of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility. “Even outside Switzerland, we hear a great deal of interest. We are very confident that we will also see the Xcient Fuel Cell truck next year in other countries on the street.”

According to the South Korean manufacturer, the Xcient Fuel Cell plans to introduce the Xcient Fuel Cell on the North American market this year. Hyundai is in discussions with several local governments and logistics companies in the US to establish a possible common operation of hydrogen-powered trucks. With China, another nation has a strong interest in hydrogen-powered heavy detection. Here, too, Hyundai currently carefully check several options to introduce its fuel cell technology in company and government customers in China.

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3 thoughts on “Hyundai examines worldwide distribution of hydrogen truck Xcient”

  1. “Combined storage capacity of around 31 kilograms of hydrogen, also serve three 72 kWh batteries as an additional energy source” WOW These are really gigantic battery buffer
    Overall, 216 kWh wonder if then a fully electric truck would not be better?

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  2. the Longevity of the fuel cell system as well as the total fuel efficiency of the vehicle were improved, To better meet the requirements of commercial fleet customers.

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    With seven hydrogen tanks, the Xcient Fuel Cell offers a combined storage capacity of around 31 kilograms of hydrogen, serving next to it Three 72 kWh batteries as an additional energy source. The maximum range indicates the manufacturer with about 400 kilometers. The seven hydrogen tanks can be Depending on the ambient temperature about eight up to 20 minutes completely fill.

    The “longevity of the fuel cell system improved” – apparently it was not that far, so the statement of Scania, that the purely battery electric drives be “robust”.

    The “three 72 kWh batteries” show that it was probably slightly scarce with 1 battery, especially in mountainous terrain with full payload, uphill as downhill more capacity is needed.

    The H2 trucks must “upgrade” battery technical and thus becomes heavier, so often highlighted weight advantage. Battery with 216 kWh x 5.5 kg (lightweight battery of akasol) = approx.1.204 kg.

    With up to “20 minutes” for H2 refueling in hot summers, another H2 myth melt like snow in the sun in times of climate change.

    The range myth must also make room with “about 400 km” reach of reality, more is not in the print tanks used, if it should be reasonably economical.

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  3. I see the trucks here from time to time on the highway while transporting for large distributors. I think that’s a really nice sight. Otherwise haperts in Switzerland yes with the reduction of the CO2 outsk.

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