Hyundai to export hydrogen electric trucks to Germany

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The hydrogen electric trucks sent to Germany will strengthen the Hyundai Motor Companies presence in Europe. More hydrogen electric trucks are set to hit the roads across Europe this week thanks to funding from the German government, which will support Hyundais deployment of 27 Xcient heavy-duty fuel cell trucks to a group of seven German companies. Hyundai Motor is set to export 27 of its XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to Germany, with heavy-duty vehicles to be used by businesses operating in the retail, logistics, and manufacturing sectors. Hyundai Motor Company announced that it is exporting 27 of its heavy-duty XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to Germany, the largest commercial vehicle market in Europe.

Seven German companies from logistics, manufacturing, and retail sectors

Seven German companies from logistics, manufacturing, and retail sectors will deploy the XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks into fleet services, backed by financing from the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transportation (BMDV). The German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transportation (BMDV). The seven German logistics companies originally applied for state-backed financing using Hyundais XCIENT Fuel Cells, and they have successfully received BMDVs approval, once again showing the XCIENT Fuel Cells competitiveness as a product.

HHMG is responsible for distributing Hyundais commercial heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles in Germany, as well as being a liaison with the European Economic Area. To build the hydrogen ecosystem in Germany, HHMG will manage sales and customer services at local markets, and will manage the market-based retrofitters. Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture of Hyundai Motor Company and Switzerland-based H2 Energy, has also established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility Germany GmbH (HHMG) in order to aggressively advance Hyundai Hydrogen Mobilitys entrance in Germanys commercial hydrogen-powered transportation market. 

Hyundai Motor Company is investing in cutting-edge technologies

Hyundai Motor Company is investing in cutting-edge technologies, such as robotics and advanced air mobility (AAM), to deliver groundbreaking mobility solutions, and is also committed to open innovation in order to deploy futuristic mobility services. In its quest to achieve sustainable futures around the world, Hyundai will continue to work towards the introduction of zero-emission vehicles equipped with leading-edge hydrogen fuel cells and electric vehicles technologies. In September 2021, Hyundai Motor Company announced it plans to develop hydrogen fuel cell versions of all of its commercial vehicle models by 2028, with plans to deploy the next-generation fuel cell system in 2023. 

Fuel cell electric drivetrain technology has advantages over battery-electric drivetrain technology when applied to larger vehicles, such as trucks and buses. Funding is available for battery, fuel cell, and hybrid (overhead-line) electric vehicles, consistent with fueling/charging infrastructure, and associated feasibility studies. System longevity and vehicle total fuel economy are tailored to commercial fleet customers needs. 

A number of companies in the trucking industry are exploring ways to design hydrogen electric trucks

A number of companies in the trucking industry are exploring ways to design vehicles using hydrogen. A total of 47 vehicles have been sent so far in Switzerland, covering over four million kilometers by July this year. The seven XCIENT Fuel Cells large hydrogen tanks provide combined storage of about 31 kilograms of fuel, and the 72-kWh-capable three-battery pack provides additional energy. 

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