German truck rental company, hylane, has taken delivery of the first Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks for service in Europe. The first seven trucks are part of a total of 27 vehicles due to be delivered to Germany straight from the Hyundai plant in South Korea. In the first phase, HyLane is taking delivery of a total of 17 trucks.
“This is a historic moment,” said Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility CEO Beat Hirschi. ”Following the successful launch of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck in Switzerland, we are expanding our activities in Europe, and focusing initially on Germany. We were successful in convincing hylane to participate, a young company that shares our values and makes a real contribution to environmental protection and the decarbonisation of heavy goods transport.”
“The first series-production trucks form the basis for a long-term cooperation with Hyundai, which we will continuously expand from now on. We rent the vehicles out at a fixed price per kilometre, allowing our customers to use the trucks as they need and with little risk,” explained Sara Schiffer, Managing Director of hylane.
All the vehicles delivered were funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. The funding programme is coordinated by NOW GmbH.
The XCIENT Fuel Cell vehicles have a range of around 400 kilometres. They store the hydrogen in seven tanks, with an average refuelling time of ten minutes. The XCIENT Fuel Cell for hylane is a further development of the first series-produced H2 trucks to be used in Germany. As soon as they leave the ship, the vehicles go straight to the body-builders, where the customised versions (e.g. refrigerated or dry boxes) are configured.