Hyundai and Luxfer partnership
Hyundai were one of the first to commit to hydrogen as a replacement energy to fossil fuels. They have already invested heavily in it, planning to put 1,600 hydrogen trucks on the roads in Switzerland by 2025. The chief executive of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility states that it isn’t enough to produce just one truck “we have to change the entire ecosystem”.
The multi-million-pound project integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology has recently put 50 hydrogen-powered lorries into service for a supermarket chain in Switzerland. The Hyundai Xcient Fuel-Cell trucks are the first green commercial fleet to hit the roads, and will transport supermarket deliveries across the country.
They commissioned Luxfer to provide the knowledge of a complete fuel system in order to bring their ideas to life. Dr. Mark Lawday, director at Luxfer Gas Cylinders explains: “Switzerland is an ideal market for hydrogen-powered trucks, thanks in part because the country generates more than half of its energy from hydropower, so if this can be used to generate the hydrogen then it completely eliminates emissions.
"Each hydrogen truck features a 190 kilowatt fuel cell comprised of seven high-pressure tanks holding around 35kg of hydrogen. This provides a long distance range of about 400km before refuelling is required, which far surpasses the capabilities of vehicles powered by electric.”
When speaking to drivers they commented that there was no need to change up their driving style, instead being more than impressed with the acceleration and quiet engine.
Since development began on the landmark project in Feb 2019, the Luxfer Hyundai design team have developed the framework and pipework for seamless integration into Hyundai’s vehicles, all adhering to stringent quality and safety regulations.