Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy bring the world‘s first fleet of fuel cell electric trucks into commercial operation

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 1, 2018

Hyundai Motor Company has confirmed at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 in Hanover that over a five-year period beginning in 2019, Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy will provide 1000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen.

The supply of a fleet of fuel cell electric trucks to H2 Energy marks Hyundai Motor‘s first expansion of its FCEV leadership into the eco-friendly commercial vehicle sector.

“We are yet again advancing the field of fuel cell technology and electric vehicles in the automotive industry,” says Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair. “Seeing the speed at which progress is being made within Hyundai is incredibly exciting and we are watching these developments with high interest.”

The fuel cell electric truck features a new 190kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two fuel cell systems connected in parallel, also a feature of NEXO. It is expected to deliver a single-fuelling travel range of approximately 400km, and in order to secure sufficient range, eight large hydrogen tanks are being compactly installed, utilising areas such as between the cabin and the rigid body.

The fuel cell electric truck boasts a distinctive design. It is presented in a simple and clean design that is also aerodynamically efficient, and features a spoiler and side protector.

The front grille‘s geometric shapes are symbolic of hydrogen and the blue colouring and bold side body graphic on the container emanates an eco-friendly look.

H2 Energy is a company specialising in the production and supply of renewable hydrogen in Switzerland, with business subsidiaries in Germany, Norway and Austria. The company is experienced in the roll out of an optimised hydrogen ecosystem, which focuses on commercial viability for all stakeholders.

The global demand for eco-friendly commercial vehicles is expected to increase as eco-friendly government policies are enforced around the world.