XCIENT Hydrogen
Fuel Cell Truck

The world's first mass produced Hydrogen powered heavy-duty truck is here!

Our country's first hydrogen powered truck is now in New Zealand. The arrival of the Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell is a momentous occasion for our company as we move towards a future of zero emission transportation. 

Hyundai is one of the first to see the potential of hydrogen as alternative energy that can replace fossil fuels for a more sustainable future. We're excited to be bringing the world's first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck to New Zealand.

The XCIENT Fuel Cell Hydrogen truck demonstrates how hydrogen can be a reliable, future cost-effective replacement to traditional diesel trucks with a longer range, shorter refuelling time, and a greater payload. 

We will be bringing a limited number of XCIENT Fuel Cell Trucks to New Zealand and plan to expand availability as hydrogen refuelling infrastructure becomes more available.

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NZ Post first Kiwi owner of Hyundai hydrogen-powered truck

The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck was officially unveiled in its working livery by NZ Post at an event held at their Auckland Operations Centre and attended by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.

The announcement is a timely answer to the Government Emissions Reduction Plan, which included a target to cut emissions from freight transport by 35% by 2035. Heavy transport makes up 4 per cent of New Zealand’s transport fleet but is responsible for 25 per cent of all transport emissions. This truck will take over from one of its emission-heavy diesel counterparts, saving 1701 tonnes of C02 per year from being emitted into our environment and displacing approximately 100 passenger cars emissions based on typical annual mileage1

As the third country after Korea and Switzerland to introduce a hydrogen-powered trucks program, this is an exciting milestone and puts New Zealand at the forefront of international efforts to shift heavy vehicle transport to zero-emission formats.

Hydrogen-powered heavy duty truck

Why Hydrogen for Heavy Road Transport?

Refueling time and range are important factors for the operation of heavy-duty trucks. Hydrogen is the best fuel for heavy-duty trucks. It ensures a short refueling time and allows long-distance driving, all while promoting the zero-emission solution. 

Easy Fueling

XCIENT Fuel Cell can be charged within 8-20 minutes* per single charge.

The New Zealand Government backed refuelling network being constructed by Hiringa Energy has experienced some international supply chain delays due to COVID, this has impacted the shipping of critical hydrogen equipment from the UK and Europe. Whilst the construction and delivery of the equipment is being expedited daily the project has experienced a delay from the originally planned open date, the first station is now expected to come online in Q1 2023.

*Based on 350 bar tank pressure and a commercial refueller
*May change depending on outer tank temperature

Long Range

XCIENT Fuel Cell has a driving range of around 400 km per charge,
thereby providing the ideal solution for long-distance operation.


*Driving distance range around 400 km
*In the 4 x 2 rigid body configuration while towing (36tGCM)
*Depends on several conditions 

FCEV powertrain technology

All eyes are on Hyundai’s fuel cell heavy duty truck running on the road based on its technological strength. XCIENT Fuel Cell promises powerful driving on every road, just how trucks should be. 

Fuel Cell System

The core device enables an electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to produce electric energy.


*Max. power 180kW (90kW stack X 2)

High-Voltage Battery Pack

It supports the fuel cell system by storing or discharging electricity. The battery pack further allows recuperation during braking.


*Battery pack capacity 630V, 72KWH

Hydrogen Storage System

 Seven equally-sized tanks for the maximum range at the lowest possible cost.


*Tank capacity 31kg H2 (available hydrogen amount at SOF 100%)

Driving Motor

 Generates driving force from electric energy supplied from the stack and battery.

*Max. power 350kW

 1based on mileage of 200,000kms per annum.