Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell Trucks Surpass 10 Million Kilometers in Switzerland

Hyundai Motor Company’s XCIENT Fuel Cell electric heavy-duty trucks have recently surpassed a cumulative driving distance of 10 million kilometers in Swiss fleet usage. This milestone underscores the long-term reliability of Hyundai’s world-class hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Achieving this milestone in just three years and eight months since the XCIENT Fuel Cell began operations in Switzerland in October 2020, the success marks a significant achievement for mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks.

Currently, 48 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks are operating in Switzerland. These trucks are powered by two 90-kW fuel cell systems (totaling 180 kW of power) and a 350 kW e-motor, providing a maximum range of over 400 kilometers.

Compared to a fleet of regular diesel trucks, which would emit approximately 6,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the same distance, the XCIENT Fuel Cell electric trucks offer a substantial reduction in carbon emissions. This reduction is equivalent to the carbon absorbed annually by around 700,000 pine trees or the creation of a pine forest covering 508 hectares (5 million square meters).

All XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in Switzerland use only ‘green hydrogen,’ ensuring no carbon emissions during the production process and contributing to an eco-friendly hydrogen value chain in Europe.

This accomplishment is significant for the advancement of hydrogen fuel cell system technology. Hyundai Motor plans to use vehicle data on mileage, hydrogen consumption, and fuel cell stack performance gathered from this milestone to continuously improve its hydrogen fuel cell technology and apply it to various vehicle types.

Hyundai Motor is actively participating in the creation of a commercial hydrogen ecosystem, supporting the entire value chain of hydrogen production, charging infrastructure, and consumption.

At CES 2024, Hyundai Motor announced the expansion of HTWO. Launched in 2020 as a brand for its hydrogen fuel cell system, HTWO will now encompass the entire hydrogen value chain business for the Hyundai Group—from production to storage, transportation, and utilization. This move aims to accelerate the transition to a hydrogen society.

In May, Hyundai Motor presented its hydrogen vision and introduced its U.S. clean logistics business at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2024, showcasing the company’s dedication to building a hydrogen society.

As part of its U.S. hydrogen logistics initiatives, Hyundai Motor has implemented the NorCAL ZERO Project, deploying 30 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in California for transporting freight containers and vehicles. Additionally, the Clean Logistics Project aims to reduce emissions by using XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks at Hyundai Motor Group’s production facility, HMGMA, in Georgia.

Recognized for their reliability and eco-friendliness, XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks are now deployed in ten countries, including the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Korea, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

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