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Hyundai’s Swiss XCIENT fuel cell fleet surpasses one million kilometres
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Hyundai’s Swiss XCIENT fuel cell fleet surpasses one million kilometres

Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility’s fleet of XCIENT fuel cell trucks has now surpassed one million kilometres of driving in just 11 months of service in Switzerland, it was revealed on Thursday (July 1).

In achieving this feat, it has been estimated that a total of 630 tonnes of carbon emissions have been prevented when compared to diesel-powered vehicles.

Since taking to the Swiss roads back in October 2020, the 46 strong fleet have been able to reach this milestone having been in the service of 25 companies in logistics, distribution and supermarket fulfilment.

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Crucially, the customers in Switzerland have each expressed its satisfaction with the performance of the XCIENT fuel cell trucks so far, noting eco-friendliness, short refuelling times and a long range as the top benefits for the hydrogen trucks.

In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company started a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy to create Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM).

Based in Switzerland, HHM leases the XCIENT fuel cell trucks to commercial truck operators on a pay-per-use basis with includes the hydrogen supply as well.

The benefit for commercial fleet customers is that there is no initial investment.

Jörg Ackermann, Chairman of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association, said, “Swiss transport and logistics companies are convinced that hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles have the greatest potential among various alternative energy vehicles.

“The member companies do not stop at simply introducing hydrogen fuel cell trucks. They have high expectations for the hydrogen energy source that holds great potential for the future and believe that hydrogen will be the key for transitioning to eco-friendly energy.

“Specifically, the biggest advantage of hydrogen energy is its excellent storability. This suggests that hydrogen will play an important role in the era of eco-friendly energy.

“Many distribution companies are already experiencing the benefits directly by using the XCIENT fuel cell trucks, and I think that if summer operation is completed successfully, the demand for the XCIENT fuel cell trucks will increase even more.”

Hydrogen key in decarbonising Nespresso logistics; will increase hydrogen trucks to six by 2022

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Pierre Logez, Logistic Manager at Nespresso Switzerland, sees hydrogen as a key part of Nespresso’s logistic operations. “Our company puts sustainability at the heart of all its activities. Thanks to this revolutionary eco-mobile technology, it is possible to reduce CO2 emission by transporting our Nespresso coffees and products from our factories to many stores in Switzerland,” he told H2 View.

Nespresso has committed to make every cup of its coffee carbon neutral across its supply chain and product life cycle by 2022.

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