Hyundai releases upgraded XCIENT fuel cell truck


Hyundai Motor Company has released images of its newly upgraded XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced, heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen.

Hyundai releases upgraded XCIENT fuel cell truck
Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell truck

With design and performance updates, Hyundai’s zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle will become even more attractive to corporate fleet customers all over the world.

"Hyundai Motor is leveraging more than 20 years of experience in fuel cell technology to further its vision of an eco-friendly hydrogen society," says Jaehoon (Jay) Chang, CEO and president of commercial vehicle division at Hyundai Motor Company.

"With 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell, Hyundai will contribute to the widespread adoption of commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen."

Hyundai will begin production of 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell in August this year.

Hyundai has upgraded both the design and performance of XCIENT Fuel Cell, adding to its competitive edge for a better driving experience.

The updated exterior design expresses XCIENT Fuel Cell’s dynamic and eco-friendly performance. Decorated with a linear and bold ‘V’ shape of chrome details and multi-dimensional mesh patterns, the new radiator grille reflects the high-tech fuel cell electric truck’s unrivalled presence on the road, while serving its own technical function. The blue point colour surrounding the grille and the decal graphics vividly visualizes XCIENT Fuel Cell’s use of eco-friendly hydrogen energy.


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2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell is equipped with a 180kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90kW fuel cell stacks, newly modified for this heavy-duty truck model. The fuel cell system’s durability as well as the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency has been improved to better stay in tune with the demands of commercial fleet customers. The 350kW e-motor with maximum torque of 2,237Nm further enables dynamic driving performance.

Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 31kg of fuel, while three 72kWh high voltage batteries provide an additional source of power. The maximum driving range of 2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell is set to be around 400 km. Refueling a full tank of hydrogen takes about 8 to 20 minutes, depending on the ambient temperature.

2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell is now available in a 6x2 rigid body configuration as well as the 4x2 option introduced in the previous model.

With the launch of the enhanced model, Hyundai plans to accelerate the global advancement of its heavy-duty fuel cell truck.

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Hyundai shipped a total of 46 units of XCIENT Fuel Cell to Switzerland last year. As of May 2021, the cumulative driving range of those trucks in operation reached over 750,000 kilometres. Over that distance, the hydrogen-powered trucks have reduced carbon emissions by an estimated 585 tons, compared to diesel-powered vehicles.

Hyundai will ship another 140 units of the new XCIENT Fuel Cell towards Switzerland by the end of this year as part of its plan to roll out 1,600 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks in Europe by 2025. Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy, is working on the introduction of XCIENT Fuel Cell in other European markets.

"The customers are very pleased with the quality and driving comfort of the truck. There is a lot of interest for the truck outside Switzerland as well. We are very confident that we will see XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks on the road in other European countries next year," says Mark Freymueller, CEO of Hyundai hydrogen mobility.

Hyundai also plans to present XCIENT Fuel Cell to the North American market this year. Hyundai is in talks with several local governments and logistics businesses in the U.S. to establish potential joint operations of hydrogen-powered trucks for various purposes. The company is also planning to host XCIENT Fuel Cell roadshows and other events open to the general public.

China is another nation that has strong interest in heavy-duty trucks powered by hydrogen. Hyundai is carefully reviewing multiple options to introduce its fuel cell technology to corporate and government customers in China.

2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell Specifications: 

 

 

 

2021 XCIENT Fuel Cell 

Item Model

 

4x2 Cargo 

6x2 Cargo

Vehicle Type

 

Cargo 

Cargo 

Cab Type

 

Day Cab 

Day Cab 

Drive System

 

LHD / 4x2

LHD / 6x2

Dimensions [mm]

 

 

Wheel Base

 

5,130

5,000 + 1,350

Overall (Chassis Cab)

 

 

 

Length

9,745

9,745

 

Width

2,540 (with side protector. 

EU & Switzerland)

2,540 (with side protector. 

EU & Switzerland)

 

Height

3,730 (with Standard Spoiler) 

3,900 (with add-on spoiler)

3,730 (With Standard Spoiler) 3,900 (with add-on spoiler)

Weight [kg]

 

 

 

Max. Gross Vehicle Weight

19,500

27,500

 

Front / Rear

8,000 / 11,500 

8,000 / 11,500 + 8,000

Max. Gross Combination Weight

36,000

40,000

Calculated Performance

 

 

Max. Speed

 

85 km/h

85 km/h

Powertrain

 

 

 

Fuel Cell Stack

180 kW (90 kW x 2 EA)

180 kW (90 kW x 2 EA)

Battery

 

630 V / 72 kWh

630 V / 72 kWh

Motor 

350 kW / 2,237 Nm

350 kW / 2,237 Nm

Transmission

 

Allison ATM (6 speed)

Allison ATM (6 speed)

Hydrogen Tank

 

 

Capacity (Useable)

 

31 kg H2 (available hydrogen amount at SOF 100%)

31 kg H2 (available hydrogen amount at SOF 100%)

Brake

 

 

 

Service Brake

 

Disc

Disc

Auxiliary Brake

 

Retarder + Regenerative

Retarder + Regenerative

Suspension

 

 

 

Type

Front / Rear

Air Spring

Air Spring

Tires

Front / Rear

315/70R22.5

315/70R22.5

Feature

 

 

 

Front Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA)

Standard

Standard

Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

Standard

Standard

Electronic Braking System (EBS) &

Standard 

(ABS is included in VDC)

Standard 

(ABS is included in VDC)

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Standard

Standard

Driver's Airbag

 

Standard

Standard

Motor Assist Hydraulic Steering (MAHS)

Option

Option

*NOTE: Specifications and equipment may be changed without prior notice.

 

1 XCIENT Fuel Cell is developed based on the hydrogen filling pressure of 350 bar. 

2 The number is calculated based upon the data that a diesel-powered truck that is same class with XCIENT Fuel Cell emits an average of 0.78kg of carbon dioxide per kilometre. 

 

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