California funds Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell truck projects

Hyundai is bringing its XCIENT fuel cell truck to the USA for the first time through two government-funded projects in California. The incoming 32 demo trucks are based on XCIENT Fuel Cell with technical modifications with Hyundai specifying a range of 500 miles (800 km).

Hyundai had revised the XCIENT fuel cell trucks in May this year, stating a 350 kW electric motor combined with two 90 kW fuel cell stacks. While the company does not detail the US models about to be deployed, it is safe to assume specs to be largely the same.

There are two projects, with the smaller one seeing two demo vehicles being deployed in Southern California with $500,000 in funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD). Largely funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the project is designed to help achieve clean air standards in the South Coast Air Basin by reducing emissions from diesel trucks.

Hyundai and its fleet partners plan to use the two trucks for a year to transport between warehouses. In partnership with First Element Fuel (FEF), refilling will happen at three H2 fueling stations in the region.

The much larger project – Hyundai claims it to be the H2 truck demo in the States – is scheduled to begin in Northern California in 2023. Through the ‘NorCAL ZERO’ project, Hyundai and its partners have secured a total of $29 million in funding from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), as well as the Alameda County Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

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