Hyundai Xcient FCEV trucks get to work in Germany

HYUNDAI Motor Company has announced the export of its Xcient fuel cell heavy-duty trucks to Germany for testing.

Seven German companies, in logistics, retail and manufacturing, will commission 27 of the fuel cell-powered Xcient platforms, supported by funding for environmentally friendly commercial vehicles from the ministry German federal government for digital and transport (BMDV).

BMDW rolled out its financing guidelines for commercial vehicles last year, after approval by the European Commission, with a budget of 1.6 billion euros available until 2024.

Financing is available for battery, fuel cell and airline hybrid vehicles, for which Hyundai’s Xcient has qualified.

Germany is the largest commercial vehicle market in Europe, and this program promotes the use of sustainable drive systems as well as the development of refueling infrastructure.

Hyundai’s Hydrogen Mobility joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy has established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility Germany GmBH (HHMG) to pursue the hydrogen fuel cell market in Germany.

HHMG will operate locally in Germany, with sales and customer service offered, and plans to actively participate in a second funding program.

“We are excited to also officially enter the German commercial vehicle market with our fuel cell electric truck, the Xcient Fuel Cell,” said Mark Freymueller, Hyundai Motor Company’s senior vice president and chief innovation officer. commercial for utility vehicles.

“Hyundai Motor, which is recognized as the leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, will use this opportunity to expand our business in the wider European market by successfully supporting Germany’s efforts to achieve its carbon neutrality.”

The Xcient trucks in question will feature a 180kW hydrogen fuel cell system consisting of two 90kW fuel cells, sending juice to a 350kW electric motor with a gargantuan 2237Nm of torque.

The range offered with the Xcient’s seven hydrogen tanks, storing 31 kg of fuel and supplemented by a 72 kWh battery, is 400 km between recharges.

Refueling takes between eight and 20 minutes, and this variation is due to the effect of ambient temperature on refueling.

Hyundai Motor Company first launched the Xcient in 2020, as the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-electric heavy-duty truck.

Since then, Hyundai has extensively tested the trucks in Switzerland, where the fleet has racked up more than four million work kilometers.

It’s unclear if we’ll see this Xcient model in Australia at this point, but local suitability for hydrogen electric trucks has recently improved when Viva Energy has announced plans to build a $43.3 million new energy service station in GeelongVictoria.

However, Hyundai Motor Company Australia launched its Nexo fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in the ACT and Queensland government vehicle fleets earlier this year.

Australia already has hydrogen vehicle refueling stations in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, but they are not accessible to the public.

Viva Energy says its public-use facility will kick-start the development of the “new energy” supply network, which is expected to extend to Sydney and Brisbane.

The facility is expected to be operational by 2023 and will be Australia’s first publicly accessible commercial hydrogen fueling station.

Maria D. Ervin