Seven German logistics, manufacturing and retail companies to commission 27 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks with government-backed funding
Hyundai Motor Company today announced the export of its XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks to Germany, the largest commercial vehicle market in Europe.
Seven German logistics, manufacturing and retail companies will commission 27 XCIENT fuel cell trucks with funding for eco-friendly commercial vehicles from the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).
“We are delighted to now officially enter the German commercial vehicle market with our heavy-duty electric fuel cell truck, the XCIENT Fuel Cell. Hyundai Motor, recognized as the leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, will seize this opportunity to expand our business into the wider European market by successfully supporting Germany’s efforts to achieve its carbon neutral goals,” said Mark Freymueller , Senior Vice President and Head. business innovation commercial vehicles from Hyundai Motor Company.
In August 2021, after approval by the European Commission, BMDV rolled out its financing guidelines for commercial vehicles with alternative propulsion systems. Funding is available for battery, fuel cell and (catenary) hybrid electric vehicles, corresponding to refueling/charging infrastructure and related feasibility studies. BMDV has a budget of 1.6 billion euros available until 2024 to purchase environmentally friendly commercial vehicles.
The above seven German companies initially applied for financing with Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cells and successfully obtained approval from BMDV, further demonstrating the competitiveness of XCIENT Fuel Cell.
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and Swiss company H2 Energy, has also established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility Germany GmbH (HHMG) to actively expand its access to the hydrogen commercial vehicle market in Germany. To establish a hydrogen ecosystem in the country, HHMG will operate the sales and customer service in the local market as well as the upfitter management in the market. HHMG also plans to actively participate in the second funding program.
XCIENT Fuel Cell Specifications
The XCIENT fuel cell to be delivered is equipped with a 180 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90 kW fuel cell stacks. System durability and overall vehicle fuel efficiency are tailored to the requirements of commercial fleet customers. The 350 kW e-motor with a maximum torque of 2,237 Nm enables dynamic driving performance.
XCIENT Fuel Cell’s seven large hydrogen tanks provide a combined storage capacity of approximately 31 kg of fuel, while a 72 kWh powered set of three batteries provides an additional source of energy. The maximum driving range is 400 km per charge. Refueling a full tank of hydrogen takes about 8 to 20 minutes, depending on the ambient temperature.
Launched in 2020 by Hyundai Motor, XCIENT Fuel Cell is the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen electric heavy truck. The company has already deployed 47 units in Switzerland, where they have covered more than four million kilometers as of July 2022. The trucks serve 23 different customers in Switzerland.