Hyundai raises hydrogen recreation as new vehicles roll into Europe, Auto Information, Automobilnews – Information by

Hyundai raises hydrogen recreation as new vehicles roll into Europe, Auto Information, Automobilnews

An indication on a brand new hydrogen gas cell truck made by Hyundai is pictured on the Verkehrshaus Luzern (Swiss Museum of Transport) in Luzern, Switzerland.

By Vera Eckert and John RevillFrankfurt: South Korea’s Hyundai Motor plans to ship a brand new collection of fuel-cell vehicles to Europe later this yr, turning up the warmth on rivals in a battle to check the viability of hydrogen-powered heavy items transport.

A brand new class of the Xcient Hyundai truck, outfitted with extra environment friendly gas cells with longer life-span, is because of arrive in Europe within the fourth quarter, stated Mark Freymueller, CEO of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM).

Hydrogen lags electrical batteries within the inexperienced transport stakes as a result of it’s costlier, however proponents say for long-haul transport hydrogen-powered vehicles have the benefit as a result of they’ve a higher vary.HHM, a three way partnership between Hyundai and Swiss hydrogen firm H2 Power, has been renting out “inexperienced” hydrogen vehicles to industrial purchasers in Switzerland since final October on the planet’s most superior pilot within the subject.

HHM plans to enter different European nations subsequent yr. “Germany and the Netherlands are the probably,” Freymueller advised Reuters, including there was additionally curiosity for pilots from Austria, Norway, France, Italy, Spain and Denmark.

Hyundai’s newest push will put extra stress on native gamers, that are growing their very own hydrogen plans.

These embody Germany’s Daimler with Sweden’s Volvo and Italy’s Iveco, a unit of Italian-American car maker CNH Industrial, which is cooperating with low-emission truckmaker Nikola .

Hydrogen has come into the highlight in Europe, the place EU atmosphere ministers need truck CO2 emissions minimize by a 3rd by 2030 from 2019 ranges, threatening potential diesel bans and better taxes however promising as much as 75% of decrease street tolls for greener automobiles.

Though costlier than battery electrical automobiles, gas cell electrical automobiles, pushed by on-board hydrogen, will doubtlessly profit from Europe’s want to construct a world-leading trade across the hydrogen know-how.A research by consultancy Berylls Technique Advisors reckons that by 2030, 25% of recent truck gross sales in Europe shall be battery powered and 10% gas cell. However the ratio might change if inexperienced hydrogen is scaled up, it stated.


Hyundai selected Switzerland for its pilot on the premise of benign regulation, environmentally acutely aware clients and dependable hydropower, which accounts for 58% of the nation’s energy combine. Native street tax is waived for no-carbon automobiles whereas fossil gas ones pay round 800 euros ($977) for every tonne of CO2 they emit.

“Anybody desirous to see how gas cell know-how works on the street ought to go to Switzerland,” stated Steffen Stumpp, head of the enterprise unit industrial automobiles at Berylls.

Preliminary buyer suggestions on Hyundai’s pay-per-use pilot appears optimistic. Drivers at grocery chain Coop like the same payload to diesel vehicles and with only some minutes of refuelling, a spokeswoman stated.

“There was no want to vary my driving type,” Nadine Sigrist, a driver for retailer Migros within the Zurich area, stated “What was new for me was the massive acceleration and the quiet engine.”

As extra Hyundai vehicles arrive, Swiss energy utility Alpiq is planning to ramp up its electrolysis capability at Niedergoesgen the place it produces inexperienced hydrogen that’s then transported on vehicles as fuel to filling stations.

“We’ll go from 2 megawatts within the route of double-digit, or 5-10 megawatts,” stated Amedee Murisier, head of hydropower technology at Alpiq and board member of Hydrospider, a Swiss inexperienced hydrogen three way partnership between Alpiq, gases group Linde and H2 Power.

Hydrospider might attain breakeven as quickly as 2022, Murisier stated.


McKinsey expects hydrogen for gas cell electrical automobiles to attain break-even with diesel solely in 2028 on the earliest, however carmakers are pushing forward with plans, albeit at completely different speeds.

Nikola and Iveco say they may produce a gas cell electrical car by 2023, placing them two years forward of Volvo and Daimler Truck, that are muscling in however is not going to have take a look at vehicles for 3 and a half years.

Individually, Daimler group subsidiary Mercedes Benz will put together buyer trials for its GenH2 Truck in 2023.

“Nikola’s timeline is considerably forward of Daimler/Volvo,” stated Stumpp. “Hyundai shall be neck on neck with Nikola/Iveco if they provide the Xcient in different European markets.”

Daimler Truck chief government Martin Daum stated {that a} hydrogen fuelling community wanted to be in place first earlier than gas cell vehicles would discover consumers, which might take years to develop, so that they have been timing their strikes consistent with the infrastructure.

Truckmaker Paccar’s DAF can be within the recreation, however its precedence is battery electrical automobiles, the place Nikola can be lively and plans market entry in fourth quarter 2021.

Different corporations have additionally chosen to place gas cell know-how second.

Traton, the truck division of Volkswagen, just lately stated that solely the battery route had been chosen by its MAN and Scania models.

“Hydrogen vehicles have a decisive drawback. Solely 1 / 4 of the unique vitality goes into propulsion, three quarters are misplaced by means of conversion,” Traton CEO Matthias Gruendler and various drivetrains specialist Andreas Kammel wrote in a column in newspaper Handelsblatt.

“With e-trucks, the ratio is the opposite method round,” they stated.

Traton has left the door ajar by elevating its funding in truck maker Navistar that’s growing gas cells within the Americas.


On the automotive provide entrance, corporations are hedging their bets.

Bosch, a gas cell proponent, has entered right into a three way partnership with China’s Qingling Motors to provide gas cell techniques for 2022/2023.

Elringklinger and Mahle, too, are additionally engaged on gas cell know-how.

U.S. engine maker Cummins, as a consequence of begin constructing a gas cell system manufacturing facility in Herten, Germany, later this yr, sees no battle.

“Gas cells will complement the BEV (battery electrical car) system in locations the place vitality storage, vary, weight and energy necessities are unable to be met by batteries alone,” stated Amy Davis, president of New Energy at Cummins.

“That is why we’re investing within the electrical car drivetrain parts, as a result of we predict these shall be maturing too, and they are going to be key to each gas cells and batteries.”

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