First look at Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility truck

First look at Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility truck

This is the first look at the fuel cell electric truck that will revolutionise the green hydrogen mobility ecosystem in Switzerland.

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, the joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy, will bring 1,600 of these heavy-duty Hyundai H2 Xcient fuel cell trucks to the market over the next five years.

The venture will then offer these trucks in a specially designed green ecosystem to the members of association H2 Mobility Switzerland, as well as to other transport and logistics companies promoting hydrogen mobility in Switzerland.

“The clients will have access to the trucks through a pay-per-use model where the costs for the trucks will be calculated from individual specifications, the number of kilometres driven and the amount of hydrogen consumed,” Patrick Huber, CEO of H2 Energy, explained to H2 View.

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“To implement the pay-per-use model, H2 Energy entered into a joint venture with Hyundai Motor Company for the procurement, service and maintenance of the trucks.”

“The initial roll out of the trucks will be in Switzerland, but the joint venture covers the exclusive distribution and marketing of Hyundai’s eco-friendly commercial vehicles above five tonnes in all of Europe.”

Hyundai H2 Xcient features a new 190kw hydrogen fuel cell system with two 95kw fuel cell stacks connected in parallel.

It delivers a single fuelling travel range of approximately 400km and carries seven large hydrogen tanks with the storage capacity of almost 35kg of hydrogen.

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The hydrogen that powers these trucks will be provided by Hydrospider, a joint venture founded at the beginning of 2019 between Swiss energy company Alpiq, H2 Energy and Linde.

The first 2MW production site will go live in Q1 2020 at Alpiq’s Gösgen power plant on the River Aare. The 2MW electrolyser will be able to produce hydrogen for 50 distribution 34 tonne trucks and can be extended to up to 20 MW in a second phase. Other hydrogen production sites are already in planning at different locations.

With the combination of Hyundai’s fuel cell trucks, Hydrospider’s production of green hydrogen, a dedicated plan to establish the required fuelling infrastructure and the logistics and transport companies that plan to use the trucks, the partners are making the link between the energy and mobility sectors in the field of road freight transport an economic reality.

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility and Hydrospider unveiled the new truck and introduced the business model today at a special event at the Gösgen power plant.

“Through this partnership between Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility and Hydrospider, Hyundai Motor will offer its fuel cell electric trucks in a specially-designed ecosystem,” said In Cheol Lee, Executive Vice-President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motor.

“We believe that our strong business case demonstrates both the economic and ecologic viability of fuel cell truck mobility. Once again, Hyundai Motor demonstrates its commitment to both innovation and the environment.”

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Rolf Huber, Chairman of Hydrospider, (pictured above) added, “Hyundai is a world leader in hydrogen technology, and this has been further emphasized though the company’s new Xcient fuel cell electric truck.”

“Hydrospider is very proud to be a part of this pioneering venture. As well as producing green hydrogen, we are creating an ecosystem with the necessary infrastructure that will enable these vehicles to operate successfully in the Swiss market.”

The production of hydrogen will commence from the end of 2019 and the first 50 Hyundai H2 Xcient fuel cell trucks are scheduled to be delivered to Switzerland in 2020.

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