Hydrogen-powered Hyundai Xcient heavy-duty trucks headed America soon


Hyundai delivered the primary seven examples of its hydrogen-powered Xcient heavy-duty trucks to clients in Switzerland in the present day with plans for a complete of 50 vans to hit Swiss roads throughout the yr. The Korean automaker additionally introduced that it is already engaged on the next-generation of hydrogen vans, which is able to assist broaden its gas cell fleet throughout Europe, China and North America.

The 4×2 cargo vans are powered by a pair 95 kW gas cell stacks borrowed from the Hyundai Nexo passenger SUV that convert hydrogen into water vapor — the truck’s solely tailpipe emission — and free electrons, the latter of which make their strategy to a 350 kW electrical motor that sends 2,360 pound-feet of torque by a six-speed Allison gearbox to the wheels. Any extra electrical energy generated or recaptured throughout braking is saved in a 73.2 kWh battery buffer.



The truck can pull a most gross weight of 36 tons together with a trailer and, with seven 350 bar tanks storing as much as 32 kg of hydrogen, the Xcient boasts a roughly estimated 248-mile (400 km) vary. Recharges take between 10 to 20 minutes relying on the storage strain on the filling station, roughly the identical period of time it takes to fill a diesel truck.

Hyundai is betting huge on hydrogen being the very best zero-emission gas supply for industrial automobiles and is backing that guess with a $1.Three billion funding (atop a beforehand introduced $6.four billion stake) to ascertain a world hydrogen ecosystem. The automaker says that the vary, payload and repair hours for its gas cell EVs are higher suited to heavy-duty purposes than batteries alone and are nearer to these of diesel.

“The efficiency of our gas cell truck for Switzerland is equal to that of a battery electrical truck outfitted with at the least 600kWh of battery capability,” claims Martin Zeilinger, Head of R&D for Business Automobiles at Hyundai Motor Firm. That will be a 3.eight TON battery, if his estimate (and my back-of-the-envelope math) will be believed. “Battery electrical vans have charging instances method past our gas cell vans and sacrifice payload as a consequence of heavy battery weight,” Zeilinger continues.

The Xcient gas cell vans delivered in the present day are primarily based on the identical platform as Hyundai’s diesel vans, however the automaker is at present growing a devoted gas cell truck platform that may launch in a couple of years. It’s going to function two 200 kW gas cell stacks powering a extra compact e-axle and can be accessible in 4×2 and 6×2 cargo truck configurations. Hyundai’s additionally engaged on a 4×2 tractor with a 44-ton gross cargo weight and an estimated vary of about 621 miles (1,000 km). 



The brand new truck platform will energy Hyundai’s growth into the remainder of Europe, China and North America. Right here within the US, we’ll ultimately get a 6×4 tractor trailer mannequin — maybe one thing just like the HDC-6 Neptune concept — the specs of which haven’t but been totally detailed past “assembly the particular necessities of the North American market.” Studying between the traces, I assume meaning a bit extra capability and long-haul vary than the Euro vans. Toyota and Hino not too long ago introduced a hydrogen-powered semi that may haul 80-tons with 300 miles between refuelings, leaving a number of room for the Hyundai to enhance on vary.

Earlier than that huge rig arrives, Hyundai will begin out small right here within the States with a one-year heavy obligation cargo truck pilot program earlier than ramping as much as “a triple-digit provide of hydrogen vans in 2022,” in line with Hyundai Motors Govt Vice President and Head of Business Automobile Division, In Cheol Lee. From there, Hyundai expects to develop to greater than 12,000 hydrogen-powered vans of assorted sizes on American roads by 2030.

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Antuan Goodwin