Xcient World’s first fuel cell heavy-duty truck for commercial use


Elon Musk has said that achieving success with hydrogen fuel cell technology for powering vehicles is “Simply not possible”. In a more high-spirited mood, he has called it “mind-bogglingly stupid”.

But many businesses disagree.

Hyundai has started shipping its Xcient to Switzerland, it’s the world’s first mass -produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck.

Hyundai plans to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENTs by 2025,

The driving range between refuelling is rated at about 400km. Refuelling takes approximately 8-20 minutes.

The Swiss road tax on commercial vehicles, does not apply for zero-emission trucks.

Hyundai is developing a long-distance semi-trailer truck capable of traveling 1,000km on a single tank.

As a fuel cell is used to produce power for a vehicles electric motors, a major benefit could be a reduction in noise associated with diesel vehicles.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto