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Hyundai preps for Xcient

Hyundai preps for Xcient

NZ Truck & Driver News

 August 2021   

Hyundai is gearing-up for the arrival of its first Xcient fuel cell electric trucks in New Zealand – ordering a new transportable hydrogen refuelling station to keep them running.

Hyundai NZ received $500,000 from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund early this year, towards the cost of purchasing and deploying an initial fleet of five Xcients, to be run in “real-world daily logistics operation trials.”

With the first of the FCEV trucks scheduled to go on the road before the end of the year, it has ordered a containerised hydrogen refuelling station from Australian hydrogen fuelling specialist H2H Energy. 

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Hyundai is gearing-up for the arrival of its first Xcient fuel cell electric trucks in New Zealand – ordering a new transportable hydrogen refuelling station to keep them running.

Hyundai NZ received $500,000 from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund early this year, towards the cost of purchasing and deploying an initial fleet of five Xcients, to be run in “real-world daily logistics operation trials.”

With the first of the FCEV trucks scheduled to go on the road before the end of the year, it has ordered a containerised hydrogen refuelling station from Australian hydrogen fuelling specialist H2H Energy. 

Globally, the Korean automotive giant is pioneering hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks – delivering the first of 1600 Xcients ordered by Swiss customers late last year and says it’s on track to have its annual manufacturing capability up to 2000 of the FCEV trucks by the end of this year. 

Hyundai NZ general manager Andy Sinclair says that the company is “really excited” about the impending arrival of NZ’s first Xcients. 

“However, as there won’t be nationwide infrastructure at that time, we’ve chosen to modify our existing refueller to be capable of refuelling at 350-bar for the Xcient and 700-bar for the Nexo (Hyundai’s fuel cell car).”

Adds Sinclair: “Hydrogen energy is the key to building a more sustainable society. It’s the ideal fuel source for the heavy transport industry to help reduce carbon emissions.”

The containerised refuelling station can be transported around the country so fleets nationwide will be able to trial the Xcients, while larger refuelling infrastructure is built. In the future it will also act as backup unit for larger stations.

Says Sinclair: “We look forward to the completion of the project and getting our FCEV truck on the road by the end of the year.”

H2H Energy CEO Cranston Polson says the company is “proud to continue supporting Hyundai NZ in their hydrogen endeavours.

“They are leading from the front, providing real, practical and manageable solutions, in alignment with the H2H philosophy.”

H2H and Hyundai NZ have been working together evaluating hydrogen opportunities in NZ since 2016.  


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