This will provide a basis to expand the heavy-duty mobility range in the US and create a market for hydrogen solutions within North America.
In doing so, this could ramp up the adoption of hydrogen technologies and increase demand for the clean energy carrier.
This will be achieved through the NorCAL ZERO Project in which Hyundai Motor will deploy 30 Class 8 6×4 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty tractors at the Port of Oakland, California, in 2023.
Mark Freymueller, Senior Vice-President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Innovation at Hyundai Motor Company, said, “Our ultimate goal is to fight climate change and build a sustainable future. We are running out of time to limit global warming.
“We believe that there is no way around hydrogen to realise the energy transition towards renewables.
“And amongst others, it also offers already today a practical and viable solution to decarbonise the heavy-duty commercial vehicle sector providing excellent drive range, payloads and refuelling time on our trucks.”
José Muñoz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, said, “Hyundai Motor is a leader in the hydrogen fuel cell market with decades of experience and proven expertise.
“Our proven record of success with commercial fuel cell programmes in Korea and Europe has been critical to our launch of heavy-duty fuel cell trucks in North America.
“Deploying XCIENT Fuel Cell tractors at the Port of Oakland for the NorCAL ZERO Project is just the beginning of our goals as we work with partners to fight climate change and build a more sustainable future.”
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