XCIENT Fuel Cells Drive One Million Kilometers in Switzerland
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility’s fleet of XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks has collectively exceeded 1 million kilometers of driving in only 11 months of service in Switzerland. During that time, the fleet has reduced CO2 emissions by over an estimated 630 tons, compared to diesel-powered vehicles. Since hitting Swiss roads last October, the fleet of now 46 hydrogen fuel cell trucks has been able to reach this milestone in the service of 25 Swiss companies in logistics, distribution and supermarket fulfilment.
Customers in Switzerland have expressed their satisfaction with the performance of the XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks so far, noting eco-friendliness, short refuelling times, and a long range as the top benefits.
After initially launching the model in 2019, Hyundai revealed the 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck last month. The next generation of trucks features a bold grille design as well as updates to improve its performance. The new trucks come available in a 4×2 or 6×2 rigid body configuration.
A total of 140 units of the 2021 model will be shipped to Switzerland by the end of this year. Taking this eco-friendly shift even further, the fleet will grow to 1,600 hydrogen-electric trucks by 2025.
Shaping Hyundai’s future in hydrogen
In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company started a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy to create Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility. Based in Switzerland, HHM leases the XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to commercial truck operators on a pay-per-use basis with includes the hydrogen supply as well. The benefit for commercial fleet customers is that there is no initial investment.