Hyundai to export hydrogen electric trucks to Germany
An XCIENT fuel cell truck pictured in South Korea on November 10, 2021. A number of companies in the trucking industry are exploring ways to develop vehicles using hydrogen.
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Hyundai Motor Company will export 27 of its XCIENT fuel cell trucks to Germany, the heavy-duty vehicles to be used by companies operating in retail, logistics and manufacturing.
In a statement earlier this week, the auto giant said a total of seven companies – it did not provide their names – would use German government funding to introduce the vehicles to the country’s roads.
According to Hyundai, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport has a budget of 1.6 billion euros (about $1.63 billion) for the purchase of “environmentally friendly commercial vehicles”. Funding is available until 2024.
The trucks that will be deployed in Germany are equipped with a 180 kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell system and use seven hydrogen tanks. Additional power comes from three batteries. “Maximum range is 400 km (just under 249 miles) per charge,” Hyundai says.
The hydrogen electric trucks sent to Germany will strengthen XCIENT Fuel Cell’s presence in Europe. A total of 47 have already been sent to Switzerland, covering more than 4 million kilometers on the road in July this year.
In September 2021, Hyundai Motor Group announced that it plans to develop hydrogen fuel cell versions of all its commercial vehicle models by 2028 and plans to introduce a “next generation fuel cell system ” in 2023.
The South Korean company said its goal was “to achieve a fuel cell vehicle price comparable to that of a battery electric vehicle by 2030.”
As governments around the world look to reduce the environmental footprint of transportation, a number of trucking companies are exploring ways to develop low- or zero-emission vehicles, including those that use hydrogen.
In June, Volvo Trucks said it had started testing vehicles using “hydrogen-powered fuel cells”, with the Swedish company saying their range could extend to 1,000 kilometres, or just over 621 miles.
Volvo Trucks, headquartered in Gothenburg, said refueling the vehicles would take less than 15 minutes. Customer pilots are expected to begin in the next few years, with commercialization “expected for the latter part of this decade”.
In the same month, British start-up Tevva launched a hydrogen-powered electric truck. According to the firm, its vehicle will have a range of up to 310 miles, or just under 500 kilometers.
Tevva’s first hydrogen electric truck will weigh 7.5 metric tons, with later versions expected to weigh 12 and 19 metric tons.