The Future of Trucking: Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell Takes to the Roads in Germany

The Future of Trucking: Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell Takes to the Roads in Germany

In Germany, the first series-produced hydrogen-powered truck is now on the roads. The Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell can store up to 31 kilograms of hydrogen in its seven tanks, and has a 72 kWh buffer battery. It has a range of up to 400 kilometers and takes 8-20 minutes to refuel. The first vehicle was handed over to a medium-sized event company from Baden-Württemberg by Hylane, a Köln start-up that specializes in hydrogen trucks. Tesla and Mercedes are also developing electric trucks with ranges of 800 and 500 kilometers respectively, making it unclear whether hydrogen power will become the preferred fuel for trucks.

Hydrogen: A Versatile Element

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and plays an important role in many areas of science and technology. It has a wide range of applications, from fuel cells to rocket propulsion. Hydrogen is also used as a feedstock for industrial chemicals such as ammonia, methanol, and hydrochloric acid. In addition, it is used in medical imaging and nuclear medicine. Hydrogen can be produced from renewable sources, such as solar energy or biomass gasification, making it a clean energy source with great potential.
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