South Korea’s Hyundai continued to show it is serious about hydrogen fuel cell technology with the introduction of the H350 Fuel Cell Concept at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.
The H350 Fuel Cell Concept is based on the automaker’s turbocharged diesel H350 delivery van that has been on sale in Europe for two years.
Using what it learned from the Tucson crossover SUV fuel cell vehicle, the H350’s fuel cell electric powertrain is comprised of a hydrogen tank, fuel cell stack, high-voltage battery pack and electric motor.
A 46-gallon (175 liter) hydrogen tank is positioned under the load bay floor between the front and rear axles, so there is no loss of cargo load space.
The fuel cell stack feeds electricity to a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack that, in turn, powers the 134 horsepower (100 kilowatt) electric motor.
This results in 136 horsepower and 221 pounds-feet of torque delivered to the rear wheels.
With a full tank, the fuel cell truck has a driving range of 262 miles (422 km) and can be refueled in four minutes, about the same time as filling a conventional vehicle with fuel.
Like the donor van, the H350 Fuel Cell Concept offers two vehicle lengths. The short version has a cargo capacity of 370 cubic feet; the longer has a volume of 455.5 cubic feet.
The fuel cell concept also comes as a 14-seat passenger van.
Using hydrogen fuel gives a huge driving distance advantage compared to battery electric commercial vehicles. For example, Volkswagen’s e-Crafter that also premiered at Hanover is limited to a 129 mile (208 km) driving range.
The other advantage is fueling time. The e-Crafter takes 45 minutes, 10 times longer than the H350 Fuel Cell Concept.
Some European cities have announced upcoming bans for diesel-powered commercial trucks in their city centers, and a few U.S. cities are considering the same.
As the demand for emissions-free commercial vehicles increases, when the hydrogen-fueling infrastructure is in place, the H350 Fuel Cell Concept will have a place in the market