German technology company Faurecia has received an order from Hyundai Motor Company for storage systems for fuel cell electric vehicles. Faurecia will supply the entire hydrogen storage system of 10,000 hydrogen tanks.
The systems are manufactured in Faurecia’s global competence centre for hydrogen tanks in Bevans, France. Approximately, 1,600 Hyundai trucks will be equipped with the tanks in four years. These lorries will then be delivered to the Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility joint venture Switzerland. The first Hyundai H2 XCIENT trucks should be delivered from 2021.
The technology for fuel cell electric vehicles will gain importance in the powertrain, especially in commercial vehicles, over the next ten to fifteen years. Faurecia is investing significant resources in optimizing the potential of this technology and creating an industry-leading ecosystem to accelerate its adoption.
This contract, together with the joint venture we established with Michelin to offer a unique range of hydrogen fuel cell systems, is an important step in our journey to be a leader in fuel cell systems, said Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia.
The Hyundai H2 XCIENT was developed in accordance with European guidelines for trucks. The range and fueling time of fuel cell trucks should correspond to that of diesel vehicles, while at the same time being completely emission-free. It is estimated that 2 million new vehicles, including 350,000 commercial vehicles, will be equipped with fuel cell technology by 2030.
The fuel cell truck
The supply of a fleet of fuel cell electric trucks to Switzerland marks Hyundai’s first expansion of its FCEV leadership into the eco-friendly commercial vehicle sector.
The Hyundai H2 XCIENT Fuel Cell truck has been developed according to European regulations. It features a new 190 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 95 kW fuel cell stacks connected in parallel. It delivers a single-fueling travel range of more approx. 400 km. It carries seven large hydrogen tanks with the storage capacity of almost 35kg of hydrogen.
Hyundai’s fuel cell electric trucks will be available to its Swiss customers, starting with dedicated members of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association.
H2 Energy has industry-wide capabilities throughout Switzerland’s hydrogen ecosystem, encompassing hydrogen production and supply, refueling stations, fuel cell vehicle procurement and other fields. The company also offers business and engineering solutions in several European countries, drawing on its technical expertise, extensive infrastructure, solid market presence and close industry-wide connections.
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