Hyundai has announced that it will launch a mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, XCIENT on Oct. 14. Earlier in July, Hyundai shipped XCIENT Fuel Cell to customers in Switzerland as part of its plan to roll out a total of 1,600 fuel cell electric commercial vehicles by 2025.
XCIENT Fuel Cell is equipped with a 350-bar 32-kg hydrogen tank that, according to the company, provides around 400 km of driving range with a full trailer in tow. Fueling time to full charging takes approximately 8~20 minutes and this truck can carry a load comparable to a diesel truck. It also provides various safety and convenience features such as Front Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), smartphone mirroring and wireless charging.
Hyundai’s ‘FCEV Vision 2030
Hyundai Motor’s focus on the fuel cell technology reflects its commitment to clean mobility and vision for a future hydrogen society. The Group is working to enhance its product lineup with vehicles designed to help usher in a more sustainable future, while offering innovative solutions to real-world mobility challenges. Fuel cell vehicles that use hydrogen and emit only water have potential advantages like quicker refueling and longer range over battery electric vehicles.
The company in 2018 had announced its long-term roadmap ‘FCEV Vision 2030’ plan, as to accelerate the development of a hydrogen society by leveraging the group’s global leadership in fuel-cell technologies.
Aligned with the roadmap, The Group plans to drastically boost its annual fuel-cell systems production capacity to 700,000 units by 2030 and explore new business opportunities to supply its fuel-cell systems to other transportation manufacturers of automobiles, drones, vessels, rolling stocks and forklifts.
Fuel Cell Commercial Vehicle Roadmap
Hyundai Motor Company will host a digital premiere event for the launch of XCIENT Fuel Cell. At the event, leaders of Hyundai’s Commercial Vehicle Business Division and Fuel Cell Center will introduce the eco-friendly fuel cell truck and their roadmap for clean commercial mobility.