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After one year, transport and logistics service provider Gebrüder Weiss gives the first hydrogen-powered truck in its fleet a good interim report. The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell stationed in Altenrhein, Switzerland, is used daily for short-haul retail and has proven itself there in all seasons. Even when driving uphill, the electric motor, which draws its power from a fuel cell, retained full power. The commercial vehicle saves around 80 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Since taking delivery of the 36-tonners in January 2021, the vehicle has covered around 70,000 kilometers. The consumption was even below the value specified by the manufacturer. In one year, there was only one workshop visit for technical inspection. “The purchase was a worthwhile investment in resource-saving road haulage. The truck has been well received by the drivers and, above all, by the customers,” sums up Peter Waldenberger, who is responsible for quality and environmental management at Gebrüder Weiss.

Data and facts about the hydrogen-powered truck from Gebrüder Weiss

  • Vehicle type: Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell
  • Total permissible weight: 36 tons
  • Maximum speed: 85 kilometers per hour
  • Tank capacity: 32 kilograms of hydrogen
  • Time required for refueling: 12 minutes
  • Pressure in the tank: 350 bar
  • Average daily mileage: 430 kilometers
  • Total mileage since takeover: 70,000 kilometers
  • Consumption: approx. 7.5 kilograms per 100 kilometers
  • Range on one tank of fuel: approx. 450 kilometers
  • Power of the electric motor: 350 kilowatts

Gebrüder Weiss plans to use hydrogen-powered trucks in Austria and southern Germany in the future. Funding programs in Germany make the use north of the Alps attractive. The only limit is the availability of hydrogen refueling stations, of which there are already nine in Switzerland. In addition to the fuel cell truck, the logistics company already uses several gas-powered trucks in Austria, Germany and Serbia, as well as electrically powered trucks and vans in the Vienna area – among others for the customer IKEA in the field of home delivery.