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Hyundai’s FCEV working emission-free on a well-to-wheel basis

Written by Kfir Kedem – July 06, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Hyundai has the vision of making logistics emission-free and it is doing so with the Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell. The Xcient Fuel Cell is a hydrogen-powered 18 ton truck that can get to full charge within 8-20 minutes. This short charge time gives it a range of 400 km.


Currently, the truck is only sold as a rigid (one total assembly of truck and body) and can only be purchased with two chassis configurations – 4X2 and 6X2. It was first released in 2019 and during 2021, 140 units were shipped for operation in Switzerland. In Switzerland, Hyundai is able to claim that its trucks are 100% emission-free well-to-wheel. This means that the production of the hydrogen is emission-free and the distribution and usage of the hydrogen is also emission-free.

During this short time, the fleet has already been able to drive 1 million kilometers and prove its reliability. Although impressive, Hyundai is still focused on growing the market use of its Xcient Fuel Cell and plans to ship another 1600 units to Switzerland by 2025.


Auto Trendy’s take:

Emission-free usually does not actually mean emission-free. To have a truly emission-free vehicle it does need to not emit from well-to-wheel. Most electric vehicles nowadays use non-green electricity for power. Although it is still an improvement as it keeps city centers clean, it is not exactly the Earth-saving solution that we need. Hyundai is proving that we are getting closer and closer to having truly green vehicles with its Xcient Fuel Cell and well-to-wheel 100% emission-free capability.