A project to integrate hydrogen technology in 50 trucks to be completed this year, a milestone that introduces the world’s leading fleet of hydrogen trucks.

The Hyundai Xcient fuel cell trucks – which will transport goods across Switzerland – are equipped with systems from Luxfer, a manufacturer of high pressure aluminum and composite cylinders.

The 19-tonne vehicles will receive their hydrogen from Luxfer’s G-Stor H2 made in Canada and assembled from Luxfer’s UK base in Nottingham.

We have been working with Hyundai for ten years on prototypes, because Hyundai is very committed to hydrogen technology. Our role is to provide the knowledge of a complete fuel system to bring your ideas to life. Hydrogen and CNG are gaining considerable interest around the world, and governments are now committing to adopt cleaner transportation technologies as a means of achieving zero-emission targets.

Mark Lawday, Director of Luxfer Gas Cylinders.

The Hyundai H2 Xcients were manufactured in South Korea and several are already in service in Switzerland, where they are leased by Hyundai’s joint venture with H2 Energy to Swiss retailers and logistics companies. The systems are nearing completion and should be installed on the trucks that will join the fleet later this year.

Each of them has a 190 kW fuel cell made up of seven high-pressure tanks containing around 35 kg of hydrogen and offering a range of around 400 km before refueling.

Hyundai shipped the first 10 XCIENT Fuel Cell units to Switzerland in July 2020 and plans to put 1,600 hydrogen trucks on Swiss roads by 2025.

It is not enough to produce a truck. You have to take care of the whole ecosystem, find like-minded partners, and show that it all makes sense to the customer.

Mark Freymueller, CEO of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM).

Luxfer predicts that H2 will become more and more attractive for transporting heavy goods as the cost of producing clean fuel decreases.

Switzerland is an ideal market for hydrogen-powered trucks, in part thanks to the fact that the country produces more than half of its energy from hydropower, which can generate green hydrogen.

There are a number of advantages [que] hydrogen can offer compared to other low emission alternatives such as battery electric vehicles [BEV]. Hydrogen fuel cells can generate more power when pulling heavier loads uphill than a battery of equivalent size and provide longer range.

Ultimately, hydrogen will be more economically viable than BEVs for truck fleets, especially due to faster refueling times. Carriers cannot afford to store their stock multiple times a day by charging them, and the load that simultaneously loading an entire fleet places on the local power grid becomes prohibitive, so this is where hydrogen is. the best solution.

Mark Lawday.

It is estimated that there will be 50,000 hydrogen buses and 350,000 trucks on the world’s roads by 2030.