Hyundai is delivering the first 10 of a total of 50 Hyundai Xcient heavy duty fuel cell trucks to Switzerland. This is the first commercially produced fuel cell commercial vehicle in the world. Hyundai aims to produce and sell 1,600 such vehicles by 2025.

Hyundai has entered in a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy to provide emission free clean commercial transport. The aim of the joint venture is to produce hydrogen used in these trucks from hydro-power, thus making it a truly green fuel. Switzerland was chosen because the country is a global leader in generation of hydro-power. Also, the Swiss government has abolished taxes on emission free vehicles. This brings down the haulage price to the same as diesel powered trucks.

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The Xcient is powered by a 190 KW fuel cell which comprises two 95 KW stacks. The truck has a range of 400 km on one charge. Hydrogen for the fuel cell is stored in seven tanks onboard the truck. This is a 2 x 4 fixed chassis truck. However, Hyundai is developing a tractor with a 1000 Km range also. The recharging time for fuel cell trucks, unlike battery electric vehicles is between 8 to 20 min.

Hyundai aims to manufacture and sell approximately 670,000 electric vehicles by 2025. Of these, 110,000 would be fuel cell powered vehicles. Hyundai aims at developing a capacity to manufacture 700,000 fuel cells/ year by 2030. These fuel cells would be used for commercial and personal vehicles, rail cars, drones, seagoing vessels etc.

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The Hyundai Xcient is offered with a day cab and is a 4X2 configuration vehicle. It has a wheelbase of 5,130 mm. The vehicle is 9,745 mm long, 2,515 mm wide and 3,730 mm tall. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is 19 tons as a rigid truck. Its maximum Gross Combination Weight is 36 tons.

The vehicle has a top speed of 85 Km/h and carries a 73.2 KW-H/ 661 V battery as a backup. The motor generates 350 KW (469 BHP) of power and a humongous 3,400 N-m of torque. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a six speed gear box from Allison.

The Xcient carries 32 Kg of hydrogen in its seven tanks at a pressure of 350 bar. The truck has been provided with air suspension front and rear and is provided with all the goodies like front collision avoidance system, Smart Cruise Control, Electronic Braking System with ABS and Vehicle Dynamic Control, Lane Departure Warning and air bags. Stopping power is provided by disc brakes all round and regenerative electric braking with 4 speeds.