Hyundai to export heavy-duty hydrogen electric trucks to Germany

An XCIENT Fuel Cell truck photographed in South Korea on Nov. 10, 2021. Various corporations within the trucking sector are exploring methods to develop automobiles that use hydrogen.

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Hyundai Motor Company is to export 27 of its XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to Germany, with the heavy-duty automobiles set to be utilized by corporations working in retail, logistics and manufacturing.

In a press release earlier this week, the automotive large stated a complete of seven corporations — it didn’t present their names — would make use of funding from the German authorities to introduce the automobiles to the nation’s roads.

According to Hyundai, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport has a 1.6 billion euro (roughly $1.63 billion) finances for the acquisition of “eco-friendly commercial vehicles.” The funding is on the market till 2024.

The trucks that will probably be deployed in Germany have a 180-kilowatt hydrogen gasoline cell system and use seven hydrogen tanks. The additional energy comes from three batteries. “The maximum driving range is 400 km (a little under 249 miles) per charge,” Hyundai says.

The hydrogen-electric trucks despatched to Germany will bolster the XCIENT Fuel Cell’s presence in Europe. A complete of 47 have already been despatched to Switzerland, clocking up over 4 million kilometers on the street as of July this yr.

In Sept. 2021, the Hyundai Motor Group stated it deliberate to develop hydrogen gasoline cell variations of all its business automobile fashions by the yr 2028 and look to introduce a “next generation fuel-cell system” in 2023.

The South Korean enterprise stated its aim was to “achieve a fuel cell vehicle price point comparable to a battery electric vehicle by 2030.”

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With governments world wide wanting to scale back the environmental footprint of transportation, various corporations within the trucking sector are exploring methods to develop low and zero-emission automobiles, together with ones that use hydrogen.

In June, Volvo Trucks stated it had begun to take a look at automobiles that use “fuel cells powered by hydrogen,” with the Swedish agency saying their vary may prolong to as a lot as 1,000 kilometers, or somewhat over 621 miles.

Gothenburg-headquartered Volvo Trucks stated refueling of the automobiles would take beneath quarter-hour. Customer pilots are set to start within the subsequent few years, with commercialization “planned for the latter part of this decade.”

The similar month noticed U.Okay.-based startup Tevva launch a hydrogen-electric heavy items automobile. According to the agency, its automobile can have a spread of as a lot as 310 miles, or just below 500 kilometers.

Tevva’s first hydrogen-electric truck will weigh 7.5 metric tons, with later variations deliberate to weigh 12 and 19 metric tons.

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