Early hydrogen Hyundai enters service

Colin Barnett
January 28, 2021

One of the first examples of Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell truck has entered service with Gebrüder Weiss, the Austrian-based transport and logistics provider. Based at the company’s location at Altenrhein in Switzerland, the Hyundai is powered by a 350kW electric motor fuelled by “green” hydrogen (H2). As a drawbar trailer combination, it has a GCW of 36 tonnes, allowing a payload of 25 tonnes to be carried with a range up to 600km. Apparently, there is sufficient hydrogen infrastructure for it to operate throughout eastern Switzerland, where it will primarily serve a customer in the renewal energy sector.

Hyundai has plans to deliver 2,000 such vehicles by the end of this year. Gebrüder Weiss CEO Wolfram Senger-Weiss said “We are proud to be among the first in the world to take receipt of these vehicles. We see the H2 truck as a viable alternative to other drive technologies that exist today and, given the right infrastructure, we intend to use it in Austria and southern Germany in the future.”

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Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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