Hyundai to supply fuel cell systems to European eco-friendly truck maker

By Park Sae-jin Posted : December 12, 2022, 17:02 Updated : December 12, 2022, 17:02

[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- HTWO, a fuel cell system wing of the Hyundai auto group, forged a partnership with ENGINIUS, a commercial eco-friendly truck-making wing of Germany's FAUN Group, to provide fuel cell systems. This is the first time the South Korean carmaker to sign a fuel cell system supply deal with a commercial carmaker.
Hyundai's hydrogen fuel cell system brand HTWO was first introduced in December 2020 to develop fuel cell systems for cars, trains, and ships. Targeting China's fast-growing hydrogen fuel cell market, Hyundai revealed a plan to build a hydrogen fuel cell plant with an annual production target of 6,500 units in Guangzhou.
The South Korean carmaker also revealed its ambition toward the European market in 2020, unveiling a roadmap for upgraded fuel cell trucks capable of traveling up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on a single charge. The auto group sent its first batch of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty trucks to a client in Switzerland in July 2020.
According to Hyundai, HTWO signed a partnership agreement with ENGINIUS to become a key player in the European hydrogen fuel cell systems market. The fuel cell company's 90-kilowatt fuel cell system will be paired with the truck maker's chassis to create zero-emission waste collection trucks and medium cargo trucks for intra-city delivery services.
ENGINIUS is Europe's first truck manufacturer to receive EU-type approval for fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Some 60 ENGINIUS BLUEPOWER hydrogen-powered waste collection trucks have been distributed all over Europe. The company's CITYPOWER medium-sized cargo trucks will house HTWO's fuel cell system for field tests in 2024. The production of the urban delivery vehicle is scheduled for 2025.
"This strategic partnership with ENGINIUS marks yet another significant milestone in HTWO’s mission to free humanity from fossil fuel dependency in the commercial vehicle market," said Hyundai's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Business Center Executive Vice President Lim Tae-won.  
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