Hyundai is one of the pioneers of hydrogen and fuel cell mechanics. The XCIENT Fuel Cell is powered by a 476hp (350kW) electric motor developed by Siemens.
Hyundai is one of the pioneers of hydrogen and fuel cell mechanics. Next week, the automaker will present its expansion plans with commercial vehicles and this technology as the protagonist, exemplified in its XCIENT Fuel Cell truck. The objective of the South Korean company has set itself a goal by 2025: to circulate 1,600 transport vehicles running on a fuel cell.
400km of autonomy with the full trailer
The XCIENT Fuel Cell is powered by a 476hp (350kW) electric motor developed by Siemens, which is powered by a 190kW fuel cell system. The gas is stored in seven large hydrogen tanks with an approximate capacity of 32kg and 350 bars of pressure.
With these ingredients, the hydrogen truck promises a range of 400km with the trailer on the hitch, and according to the manufacturer, it can tow a load similar to that of a diesel truck. According to Hyundai, the refueling time oscillates between 8 and 20 minutes, pushing back into the ropes the battery electric transport vehicles, which claim a much longer time.
In addition, this ‘zero emission’ truck relies on active safety systems, such as frontal collision forecasting or the active anti-sway system. Inside, an induction charging system for smartphones and an infotainment system compatible with the Mirror Link function for smartphones are part of the game.
The XCIENT Fuell Cell is the first, but won’t be the only one: the Asian company has already confirmed that it is working on a semi-trailer road tractor with 1,000km of range.