Hyundai promotes green mobility in Switzerland, unveils H2 Xcient truck
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), the joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and H2Energy, forged a partnership with Hydrospider, a joint venture of H2Energy, Alpiq and Linde to promote green hydrogen ecosystem in Switzerland and European countries in the upcoming future. As part of this effort, HHM and Hydrospider held a ceremony at Alpiq’s hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, Switzerland, to introduce a new green mobility model with fuel cell trucks in alignment with Hydrospider’s green hydrogen production and a unique plan for setting up the necessary refueling infrastructure.
At the event, Hyundai also provided detailed information about the its next-generation Hyundai H2 Xcient fuel cell truck and unveiled a video showing Xcient running on the road. With global leading hydrogen technology, Hyundai as a truck supplier intends to enter into the European market for eco-friendly heavy-duty vehicles. Indeed, earlier this year, Hyundai and H2Energy announced the establishment of the joint venture HHM, aiming at taking the lead across Europe’s burgeoning hydrogen mobility ecosystem.
As part of this partnership, HHM plans to bring 1,600 fuel cell heavy-duty trucks until 2025, marking the entry of the automaker into Europe’s clean mobility commercial vehicle sector. The venture will then offer these fuel cell powered trucks in a specially designed green ecosystem to the members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association as well as to other transport and logistics companies promoting hydrogen mobility in Switzerland.
HHM will position itself in Europe’s fuel cell commercial vehicle market as well, where green mobility with strict regulations about CO2 emissions are hugely embraced. It will expand its presence further to European countries beyond Switzerland. Currently, there is a strong focus in establishing solutions and partner networks for Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Norway.
For the production of hydrogen and its delivery to the refueling stations, Hydrospider was founded at the beginning of 2019, in which H2E, Linde and Alpiq participated. The production of hydrogen at the hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, which has been in operation for over 100 years, will be commissioned from at the end of 2019.
The Hyundai H2 XCIENT Fuel Cell truck has been developed according to European regulations. It features a new 190 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 95 kW fuel cell stacks connected in parallel. It delivers a single-fueling travel range of more than 400 km. It carries seven large hydrogen tanks with the storage capacity of almost 35kg of hydrogen.
“Through this partnership between HHM and Hydrospider, we will offer fuel cell trucks in a specially-designed ecosystem. We believe that our strong business case demonstrates both the economic and ecologic viability of fuel cell truck mobility. Once again, we demonstrate our commitment to both innovation and the environment,” said In Cheol Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motor.