The Hyundai XCIENT fuel-cell trucks are equipped with a 180-kW hydrogen fuel-cell system with two 90-kW fuel-cell stacks.
Hyundai Motor Company will export 27 units of its XCIENT fuel-cell heavy-duty trucks to Germany, Europe’s largest commercial vehicle market. These eco-friendly buses will be used by seven German companies in logistics, manufacturing and retail and will be part of their fleet service with government-backed funding. The funding program encourages the development of refueling or charging infrastructure infrastructure, along with the use of sustainable drive systems across the country.
With this, Hyundai has entered the German commercial vehicle market and aims to expand its business into the wider European commercial vehicle market. “We are delighted that we are now officially entering the German commercial vehicle market with our heavy duty fuel cell electric truck. (We) will take this opportunity to expand our business to the wider European market, Mark Fremueller, senior vice president and head of commercial vehicle business innovation at Hyundai Motor Co.
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Seven German companies deploying fuel-cell trucks from Hyundai initially applied for funding and successfully obtained approval from BMDV. In August last year, BMDV launched its funding guidelines for commercial vehicles with alternative drive systems upon approval by the European Commission.
Government funding is available for battery, fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles, in line with refueling/charging infrastructure and related feasibility studies. A budget of 1.6 billion euros has been made available by 2024 for the purchase of these eco-friendly commercial vehicles.
Hyundai Motor has already deployed 47 units of its XCIENT fuel-cell in Switzerland, where they have accumulated over 4 million kilometers of driving till July this year.
The Hyundai XCIENT fuel-cell trucks are equipped with a 180-kW hydrogen fuel-cell system with two 90-kW fuel-cell stacks. The 350-kW e-motor delivers maximum torque of 2,237 Nm and enables dynamic driving performance.
First published date: 04 Aug 2022, 14:50 PM IST