Hyundai confirms fuel cell trucks to enter commercial operation

Hyundai has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E) to bring its fuel cell truck concept into commercial operation.

Beginning in 2019, Hyundai and H2 Energy will provide 1,000 heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks and an adequate supply chain for renewable hydrogen.

The MOU signing ceremony took place at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, September 20-27, attended by key individuals from each company, including Hyundai Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division, In Cheol Lee and Chairman of H2E, Rolf Huber.

“We are yet again advancing the field of fuel cell technology in the automotive industry with this announcement of our ambition to commercialise the fuel cell electric truck for the first time in the world” said In Cheol Lee.

“We will continue to seek opportunities for expanding into other markets by carefully monitoring multiple factors such as fueling infrastructure and governmental policies.” In Cheol Lee added.

The fuel cell truck is being developed within European regulations. It features a 190kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two fuel cell systems connected in parallel and will have a range of approximately 400km. It will be fitted with eight separate hydrogen tanks.

H2 Energy is a Swiss renewable hydrogen company, with subsidiaries in Germany, Norway and Austria. H2 plans to make Hyundai’s fuel cell electric trucks available to its Swiss customers, including petrochemical operators, retailers and customers focusing on eco-friendly logistics.

“A sustainable hydrogen economy needs a designated ecosystem for hydrogen. This is why our collaboration between Hyundai Motor, H2 Energy, the Swiss H2 Association, and Key electricity producers in Switzerland is strategic and makes a lot of sense” said Rolf Huber, Chairman of H2 Energy.