Hyundai premiered the U.S. version of its well-known XCIENT hydrogen truck at ACT Expo, the leading trade fair for zero-emission commercial vehicles in Anaheim, California. In addition, Hyundai Motor introduced its advanced fuel cell technologies and strategy for fostering a hydrogen ecosystem and achieving carbon neutrality.

The newly-introduced XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor is a Class 8 6×4 fuel cell electric model. At Hyundai Motor’s press conference, Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Vehicle and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Business at Hyundai Motor, emphasized the importance of achieving carbon neutrality to realize the company’s vision of “Progress for Humanity”. He spoke of the company’s strong commitment to hydrogen mobility and shared its ambition to foster the development of a clean hydrogen ecosystem.

Hyundai: a vision that goes beyond the XCIENT truck

The company aims to foster partnerships and future businesses to provide fleet operation solutions for hydrogen truck customers and expand the hydrogen value chain in the U.S., using its initial business entry as a bridgehead. To that end, Hyundai Motor shared its outlook for an eco-friendly CV business incubation project at the Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA), the dedicated electric vehicle factory being built in Georgia. The project is centered on the development of a hydrogen mobility value chain. HMGMA will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies that can produce up to 300,000 EVs annually and an innovative production platform, developed and demonstrated by the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS). Through the project, the Metaplant will incorporate an eco-friendly logistics system integrating hydrogen fuel cell trucks and a complete hydrogen value chain.

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First launched in 2020, XCIENT Fuel Cell has been deployed in five countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Korea and New Zealand, and has successfully accumulated over 4 million miles so far. The model shown at the event is the 6×4 tractor equipped with two 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell systems (total 180 kW power) and a 350 kW e-motor.

The hydrogen ecosystem surrounding the truck

XCIENT Fuel Cell implements the hydrogen fuel cell system offered by HTWO, Hyundai Motor Group’s hydrogen energy dedicated business brand. HTWO’s business includes application of Hyundai’s proprietary fuel cell systems for various forms of mobility.

“Hyundai has been focusing on hydrogen for over 20 years. Our advanced fuel cell technology already is in use through various applications and especially in the commercial vehicle sector, showing its powerful performance and reliability”, stated Martin Zeilinger, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor’s Commercial Vehicle Development (here’s an interview we had with him at IAA 2022).

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