Hyundai’s fuel cell truck fleet crosses 10 lakh km milestone

The company aims to grow its hydrogen fuel cell truck fleet to 1,600 units by 2025.

Hyundai has announced that its fleet of XCIENT fuel cell trucks has collectively crossed 1 million (10 lakh) kilometres of driving in just 11 months in Switzerland. The fleet of 46 hydrogen fuel cell trucks, has reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 630 tons, compared to its diesel-powered counterparts, over the past 11 months. The XCIENT fleet is said to be the world’s first mass-produced heavy-duty fuel cell trucks and are already in service for 25 Swiss-based companies.

The fuel cell trucks were first launched by Hyundai back in 2019. The company revealed the new-generation version of the heavy-duty trucks earlier this year, featuring a new design and improved performance. The new set of trucks are available in either a 4×2 or 6×2 rigid body configuration.

Hyundai has also announced that it will be shipping 140 units of its 2021 model to Switzerland by the end of the year. The company aims to grow its hydrogen fuel cell truck fleet to 1,600 units by 2025. Hyundai entered a joint venture with a Swiss-based Company, H2 Energy, to create Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility.

This JV leases out its fuel cell trucks for commercial purposes on a pay-per-use basis.

HHM is now planning to expand to other European markets sometime next year, with Germany and Netherlands said to be the first to receive the XCIENT fleet.

Apart from the XCIENT fleet, Hyundai is also planning to expand to truck tractors, with North America being considered as the first market, for testing and launch.