Hyundai Rolls Out New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

Hyundai is no doubt becoming one of the emerging heavy investors in next-gen vehicle tech. They are focusing on many eco-friendly options like EVs, hydrogen or their very new hydrogen fuel cell truck, the Xcient

Only just available in Europe, the Xcient is powered by a 190kW hydrogen fuel cell system which includes a dual 95xW fuel cell stacks. The Xcient also employees 7 hydrogen tanks that can hold about 32kg of hydrogen.

This adds up to a driving range of about 400km and a refill time of about eight to twenty minutes for the Xcient. This also means incredibly reduced CO2 emissions to its diesel equivalent. Hyundai also says that the Xcient’s new powertrain will not hinder load bearing claiming that it will haul what an equivilant diesel can.

Hyundai delivered the first seven Xcient trucks to Switzerland and they’ll send out another fifty by year’s end. Hyundai expects to roll out Xcients across Europe, N. America, China and New Zealand.

Audi Doubts Electric Vehicles, Reignites Hydrogen Cell Program

Audi chairman Bram Schot announced publicly that the company will ramp up their hydrogen fuel cell program. Audi has doubts about resource availability for battery production and the marked increase in customer expectations when it comes to electric cars.

These doubts led the car maker to re-open the h-tron program and will place hydrogen fuel cell technology as the keystone of the Volkswagen Group.

Audi confirmed a new 6th gen hydrogen fuel cell vehicle prototype will be available for public display sometime this year. They also said that a small number of such production vehicles could be part of a lease program as early as 2021. At the moment these vehicles would come from the Neckarsulm, Germany plant where the A6, A7 and A8 are currently produced.

This new fuel cell tech was born from a cross-license agreement with Hyundai. This car maker already sells the FCEV called Nexo SUV.

Hyundai Still Hot for Hydrogen

According to Car and Driver blog writer Clifford Atiyeh Korean automaker Hyundai are still chasing hot on the trail of hydrogen vehicles. Hyundai has just revealed a preview of a completely new, fuel cell powered SUV. This new model, yet to be named, will replace the few, silent Tucson fuel-cell vehicles quietly zipping around Southern California.

The old generation Hyundai fuel cell would take a Tucson about 265 miles (two tanks). The new version, employing three tanks with a range “so ridiculous we won’t even cite it.” Horsepower gets increased to 161 (that’s +27HP) boosting fuel efficiency by 60%. The new design will also allow cold starts down to minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hyundai hasn’t confirmed the mechanical basis of the new fuel-cell SUV. It is developing a “dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles” that will include an EV with an estimated 311-mile range. The fuel-cell vehicle is likely to use a dedicated chassis that will give rise to a range of alternative power trains to lower production costs for all alternative fuel models.

Hyundai will sell the new SUV in South Korea in time for the Winter Olympics in Seoul in February 2018.