Powered by hydrogen, Hyundai trucks are designed to conquer the Swiss Alps

FRANKFURT/ZURICH (Reuters) – Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered 18-ton trucks are ready to hit the roads in Switzerland next month as the Korean manufacturer looks to make a case for the zero-emission technology, low-carbon world.

Hyundai H2 Xcient Fuel-Cell vehicle is shown in this undated handout image. The trucks are ready to hit the roads in Switzerland next month as the Korean manufacturer looks to make a case for the zero-emission technology, low-carbon world. Hyundai/handout via REUTERS

Was invented nearly two hundred years ago, hydrogen fuel cells, first loss of the engine, and now trail the electric batteries in the push for greener transport, as they are expensive and hydrogen is hard to store, and most of it is extracted from natural gas in a process that will lead to the emission of carbon.

However, when it comes to trucks, Hyundai and its partners ‘ claim that the electric battery does not always work, because the bigger the load the bigger and heavier the battery is, and that’s a problem for crawling up the mountains of switzerland.

And, with more than half of Switzerland’s energy is from hydro-electric power, the country has the potential to address the “green” hydrogen from the electrolysis of water is energy-intensive, carbon-free process powered by renewable energy.

“It is not enough to ensure the production of a vehicle. You need to take care of the entire ecosystem, to find like-minded partners, and to show all of this will make sense to the customer,” said Mark Freymueller, chief executive of Hyundai’s Hydrogen Mobility (HHM).

“It may not be possible to do this with a holistic approach and the right attitude,” he told Reuters. To be sure, Switzerland is green, hydrogen is much more expensive than the diesel, but for now, Hyundai is hoping that the government that will clamp down on carbon dioxide emissions, and the costs incurred in the production of a clean fuel point, the numbers could begin to add to it.

McKinsey & Co said in a study released in January that the cost of hydrogen made with renewable energy could drop to 2 € /kg by 2030, 3 to 4.For 5 euros, now it is to achieve cost parity with diesel fuel for heavy-duty vehicles, where the relative efficiency of the different energy sources and the costs incurred during the operating life of a truck driver have been taken into account in the.

Although hydrogen has long been known to be a potential alternative to fossil fuels, the expectation that fuel cells will have a role to play, as the world decarbonises, has helped to push the hydrogen-linked stocks to their highest level in more than a decade.


As of now, Hyundai has to rely on the government’s tax breaks for fuel-cell vehicles, and its own funds to help make them economically viable to our partners: the end-user stations and green hydrogen suppliers.

Hyundai H2 Xcient truck, a 190-kilowatt fuel cell, and seven in the high-pressure tanks holding 35 kg of hydrogen, giving them a range of over 400 miles further than the heavy-duty vehicles are powered by electric batteries on the market right now.

Hyundai declined to say how much the subsidies are. Globally, the company is betting heavily on hydrogen, plans to spend $6.7 billion on hydrogen technology by 2030, and to increase the capacity for the fuel cell to 700,000.

It started out with a 50 in H2, Xcient trucks, but plans to have around 1,600 on Swiss roads by 2025, and is on the lookout for the launch of similar projects in at least two European countries, and this year, in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.

In Switzerland, the EU, the leasing unit was established by the Hyundai Swiss, start the H2 energy has partnered with the Hydrospider, a joint venture between the H2 can be the Energy, industrial gas-maker Linde and Swiss power utility Alpiq.

Hydrospider is about to embark on the production of hydrogen for 40 to 50 of Hyundai trucks with a 2-megawatt (MW) electrolysis plant in Goesgen. Stefan Linder, a member of the Hydrospider of the board of directors, said ” the more the H2 truck to go into service, it would have to have the capacity to be 70 MW to 100 MW, and by 2023-2025.

In preparation for the launch of hydrogen for heavy goods vehicles in Norway this year, but H2 Energy has entered into a partnership with the Show is HOW, Greenstat, and Akershus Energi for the supply of green hydrogen. Hydropower provides Norway with most of its electricity.


The Swiss H2 Mobility in Society, a group of more than 20 enterprises of the first user, including the country’s biggest retailer Migros, the dairy producer, Emmi, food retailer Co-op and petrol station operators, SOCAR, and Tamoil.

End-users, such as the Us, have associated with the rental of the Mystery trucks on a pay-per-use contracts, which gave them a number of miles, the warranty, service, insurance, and access to hydrogen. HHM, said the contracts will ensure Hydrospider, and fuel wise, the margins of the race.

“We do not fool ourselves, it is a subsidized business model,” said the EU’s Freymueller, adding that this was the case for the introduction of a new technology.

For more than 10 years, assuming an investment of 1,3 million Swiss francs ($1.3 million), and a pump that can be repaired like 15 trucks, and visited only for the annual fuelling needs, EU estimates. Supermarket chain Migros has been taking for three Xcients, and the plans for measuring the effectiveness of their performance at the Mercedes-Benz truck is powered by an electric battery, three -, biogas-fueled trucks from Italy’s Iveco, and diesel fuel.

At the time, Migros, says it will pay 50 million Swiss francs per year, for a heavy vehicle to environment-the work environment (LSVA) is levied on all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, and with the help of all of the roads in the netherlands. The Hyundai cars shall be in the first instance, to be exempted from the LSVA.

Rainer Deutschmann, director corporate transportation logistics at Migros, which operates on the 900 trucks, commuting between the 22 manufacturing plants and in almost 900 stores, told Reuters that he expects to see a number of technologies have an important role to play in decarbonisation.

“We are going to see on each trip and what the power consumption will be dependent on the geography and topology,” he said.

“An electric battery, in place of the transfer of the merchandise to go around the battery. You have to have a 200-mile range, which can be used for a city, but you can’t use it in the Alps,” he said. “The H2, you can use it for anything.”

Edited by Edward Taylor and David Clarke

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