Greater than three years after Hyundai Motor first confirmed off a hydrogen-powered idea truck within the U.S., the corporate has debuted the commercialized mannequin of the Xcient gas cell tractor.
The primary indication we had that Hyundai was contemplating a hydrogen-powered tractor for North America was in 2019, the place it confirmed off a futuristic fuel-cell-electric idea car. As is the case with idea autos, what’s getting into the U.S. market is a extra workaday car, a fuel-cell model of its Xcient Euro-style cabover.
Hyundai premiered the 6×4 Excient fuel-cell tractor for the North American business car market on the Superior Clear Transportation Expo in Anaheim, California.
First launched in 2020, Xcient Gasoline Cell has been deployed in 5 nations — Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Korea and New Zealand — and has accrued greater than 4 million miles to date.
The mannequin proven on the occasion is the 6×4 tractor geared up with two 90 kW hydrogen gas cell techniques (complete 180 kW energy) and a 350 kW e-motor. Its gross mixture weight is a most 82,000 lbs and it gives a driving vary of over 450 miles per cost even when totally loaded, based on the corporate.
The FCEV Xcient
The day-cab 6×4 Xcient proven is 346 inches lengthy, 102 inches vast, 161 inches excessive, with a 223-inch wheelbase. Hyundai mentioned the COE design gives higher visibility, fewer blind spots, and simpler maneuvering in tight quarters.
A V-shaped mesh grille maximizes airflow over the gas cell stack for improved cooling. There’s a set step bumper for simple windshield entry, LED headlamps and rear mixture hind lights.
Simple-access door steps present entry to the cab. An 8-inch touchscreen gives infotainment and connects to a driver’s cell machine, and there’s built-in wi-fi cell phone charging. There’s a “truck-on” alert if drivers exit the cab with it nonetheless operating. An additional-wide-angle lens paired with the 8-inch display screen offers drivers a view behind the car. The driving force’s seat has heated coils and a cooling air flow system. A utility mode shuts down drivetrain and steering energy when parked however nonetheless powers HVAC, lighting and multimedia techniques.
In case of a crash, the hydrogen tank shuts off to attenuate the chance of electrical shock and collateral accidents. A simple hill begin system prevents the truck from rolling again when beginning once more on a steep slope.
Built-in Hydrogen Ecosystem
Hyundai officers shared their dedication to hydrogen mobility and the corporate’s ambition to foster the event of a clear hydrogen ecosystem.
“We firmly consider that hydrogen is likely one of the strongest and pragmatic options for attaining our imaginative and prescient of ‘Progress for Humanity’ with emission-free mobility as a elementary pillar for a sustainable society,” mentioned Ken Ramirez, EVP and head of world business car and hydrogen gas cell enterprise at Hyundai Motor. “We now look past mobility towards an built-in hydrogen ecosystem, from manufacturing of hydrogen to its storage, transport and supply.”
The corporate mentioned it can leverage native partnerships to ascertain a hydrogen business car worth chain. Earlier this 12 months, Hyundai introduced a joint effort with FirstElement Gasoline to check Hyundai’s Xcient gas cell heavy-duty vans in California, fueling at FirstElement Gasoline’s True Zero community of hydrogen refueling stations, in addition to with a high-capacity cell refueler.