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Hyundai Motor's XCIENT fuel cell trucks rack up 10M km total driving distance in Switzerland

Hyundai Motor Company’s XCIENT Fuel Cell electric heavy-duty trucks recently surpassed a cumulative driving distance of 10 million km in Swiss fleet usage. This achievement was made in just three years and eight months since the XCIENT Fuel Cell began fleet operations in Switzerland in October 2020.

Hyundai sid that this success signifies a milestone for the mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell electric heavy-duty truck.

Currently, a total of 48 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks are in operation in Switzerland. The XCIENT Fuel Cell is powered by two 90-kW fuel cell systems (total 180 kW power) and a 350 kW e-motor, giving a maximum range of more than 400 km.


Compared with a fleet of regular diesel trucks, which would emit approximately 6,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide over an accumulated distance of 10 million kilometers, the XCIENT Fuel Cell electric truck provides a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

All XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks operating in Switzerland use only green hydrogen; no carbon is emitted during the production process, contributing to the creation of an eco-friendly hydrogen value chain in Europe.

This achievement also plays a significant role in the advancement of hydrogen fuel cell system technology. By analyzing vehicle data on mileage, hydrogen consumption, and fuel cell stack performance gathered as part of this milestone, Hyundai Motor intends to improve its hydrogen fuel cell technology and apply this to various types of vehicles.

Hyundai Motor is not only supplying XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in Switzerland but is also supporting and actively participating in the creation of a commercial hydrogen ecosystem, including the entire value chain of production, charging infrastructure and consumption of hydrogen.

At CES 2024, Hyundai Motor announced the expansion of HTWO. Created in 2020 as a brand for its hydrogen fuel cell system, HTWO will now serve as the entire hydrogen value chain business brand for the Hyundai Group—from production to storage, transportation, and utilization.



I'm a bit surprised at the range, as batteries are often good for relatively modest ranges.
However, there is no hard and fast cut off point for preferable options, and Switzerland is after all pretty mountainous and can get chilly, which gives an advantage to fuel cells.
But the real plus of the fuel cell option is for a lot of runs where return to base is not practical the downtime can be much less, so although they are more expensive fewer vehicles can do the job.
My view is that both are great options to have to decarbonise, and I am pretty doubtful of those who claim:
'The answer is 'x' ! -What was the question again?'

Horses for courses, and there is nothing like trying things out and seeing how effectively stuff performs in the real world.


Of the five class 8 FC tractors I checked out Hyundais’ Xcient had the smallest battery at 72kWh. It was also the only one without a plug. I think that is a mistake. From the looks of them aerodynamics we’re not a consideration.

@ Davemart
I also was pondering the range. I found a recent article about the Amazon affect changing trucking patterns in the US. It posited that 86.6% of trucking was 200 miles or less and only 6,6% was over 1,000 miles. So I suspect the lack of range on most models may be because extra range costs extra money and the bulk of demand is not for long range delivery. Potential customers are Pinot willingly to pay for something they aren’t planning on using.

I assumed that providing longer range FC trucks would simply be a matter of adding more tanks but it seems most manufacturers increase the battery as they increase the tank capacity/range. That seemed strange to me until I found a 2022 report from a US agency that was suggesting over- sizing the FC stacks to address what they claimed was a 57 percent decline in output after 25,000 hours of usage. Your typical LDV is not going to average but an hour a day usage so stack durability isn’t an issue but class8 tractors may sees 10x increase in usage.
I assume increasing the battery size is intended to decrease the usage and extend the FCV life.

A couple things I haven’t found much info on are the weight and cost of the high pressure tanks. Have you any links which detail those?


100 mi from warehouse to supermarket is battery 400 MI is more like fuel cells
and hydrogen they have fueling yards anyway so refilling's no problem.

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