Hyundai Motor Company’s hydrogen-powered trucks are set to hit Californian roads, with the vehicle manufacturer on Monday (July 26) confirming plans for its XCIENT Fuel Cell to hit the US.
To be deployed for two publicly funded projects to improve the air quality in the region, the XCIENT Fuel Cell will provide a maximum driving range of 500 miles (800km), and emit nothing but water – making it a great vehicle to decarbonise the heavy-duty transportation sector.
In order to achieve the above, Hyundai has teamed up with both public and private partners in the US to operate 30 of the Class 8 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks, starting from the second quarter of 2023. It is believed the effort will make the largest commercial deployment of Class 8 hydrogen trucks in the US.
A consortium led by the Centre for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and Hyundai Motor recently won $22m in grants from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), and $7m in additional grants from the Alameda County Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in support of this project.
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