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Hyundai ships world-first hydrogen heavy-duty truck

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Hyundai Motor has shipped the first 10 units of its Xcient Fuel Cell, the world's first hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland

Hyundai ships world-first hydrogen heavy-duty truck
Xcient Fuel Cell tucks are on their way to Switzerland

Hyundai outlines plans to ship a total of 50 Xcient Fuel Cell trucks to Switzerland this year, and a further 1,600 worldwide by 2025.

The Xcient is powered by a 190kW hydrogen fuel cell system with dual 95kW fuel cell stacks, and seven hydrogen tanks offering combined storage of around 32.09kg of hydrogen.

In terms of range, that storage figure will offer approximately 400km on a single charge, but Hyundai says it will develop a prime mover with a range of 1,000km using the same fuel-cell technology.

The South Korean automaker says the move reflects the company's environmental commitment and technological prowess as it works toward reducing carbon emissions through zero-emission solutions.

"Xcient Fuel Cell is a present-day reality, not as a mere future drawing board project," Hyundai Motor executive vice president and head of commercial vehicle division Cheol Lee says.

"By putting this groundbreaking vehicle on the road now, Hyundai marks a significant milestone in the history of commercial vehicles and the development of hydrogen society.

"Building a comprehensive hydrogen ecosystem, where critical transportation needs are met by vehicles like Xcient Fuel Cell, will lead to a paradigm shift that removes automobile emissions from the environmental equation."

Lee highlights Hyundai's experience with fuel-cell technology, following the launch of the ix35 passenger vehicle and second-generation Nexo.

"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 is 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," Lee says.

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