Hyundai Motor Company announced today (August 2) that it is set to export the 27 hydrogen-powered trucks to Germany, seeing seven companies deploy the clean vehicles on the roads thanks to funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).
The BMDV funding offers grants for battery, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicles, corresponding refuelling/charging infrastructure and related feasibility studies. Boasting a budget of €1.6bn ($1.63bn), the funding is available until 2024 for the purchase for cleaner commercial vehicles.
In July 2021, Hyundai reported that in just 11 months of service in Switzerland, 46 of its EXCIENT fuel cell trucks has surpassed one million kilometres of driving. With the company saying the fleet had accumulated over four million kilometres as of July 2022.
Commenting on the export of another European fleet, Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice-President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Innovation at Hyundai Motor Company, said, “We are glad to now also officially enter the German commercial vehicle market with our heavy-duty fuel cell electric truck, the XCIENT Fuel Cell.
“Hyundai Motor, which is recognised as the leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, will leverage this opportunity to expand our business into the wider European market by successfully supporting Germany’s efforts to achieve its carbon neutral goals.”
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