Hyundai Motor ships world’s first fuel cell heavy-duty truck to Switzerland


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  • Hyundai Motor is shipping the first 10 units of XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland
  • Hyundai will roll out 50 trucks this year and total of 1,600 units by 2025
  • Powered by 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system, XCIENT Fuel Cell can travel approximately 400 km on a single charge
  • Developed independently by Hyundai Motor, XCIENT Fuel Cell will help decarbonize the world
  • Hyundai to develop tractor unit with driving range of 1,000 kilometers on a single charge

Hyundai Motor Company shipped the first 10 units of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland. The company plans to ship a total of 50 XCIENT Fuel Cells to Switzerland this year, with handover to commercial fleet customers starting in September. Hyundai plans to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks by 2025, reflecting the company’s environmental commitment and technological prowess as it works toward reducing carbon emissions through zero-emission solutions.

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In Cheol Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor commented that, XCIENT Fuel Cell was a present-day reality, not as a mere future drawing board project. By putting the groundbreaking vehicle on the road now, Hyundai marked a significant milestone in the history of commercial vehicles and the development of hydrogen society.Building a comprehensive hydrogen ecosystem, where critical transportation needed were met by vehicles like XCIENT Fuel Cell, would lead to a paradigm shift that removes automobile emissions from the environmental equation.

Having introduced the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell electric passenger vehicle, the ix35, and the second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, the NEXO, Hyundai was now leveraging decades of experience, world-leading fuel-cell technology, and mass-production capability to advance hydrogen in the commercial vehicle sector with the XCIENT Fuel Cell added In Cheol Lee.

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