First U.S. Autonomous Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Released

Equipped with Plus' SuperDrive™ Level 4 autonomous driving technology to provide self-driving capabilities, Hyundai Motor's XCIENT Fuel Cell truck is undergoing initial assessments in the U.S. By William Mackenzie / 29 May 2024
First U.S. Autonomous Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Released
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Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai Motor) and autonomous driving software producer Plus have unveiled the first Level 4 autonomous Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck in the U.S. 

Equipped with Plus’ SuperDrive™ Level 4 autonomous driving technology, the XCIENT Fuel Cell truck is undergoing initial autonomous driving assessments in the U.S.

This reportedly makes it the first-ever Level 4 self-driving test on a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck to take place in the country. The collaboration seeks to show that autonomous hydrogen fuel cell trucks can help make trucking safer, more efficient, and more sustainable.

Plus’ SuperDrive™ solution is being deployed across the U.S., Europe, and Australia. The autonomous system uses a combination of cutting-edge sensors, including LiDAR, cameras and radar, to provide surround perception, planning, prediction and self-driving capabilities.

First introduced in 2020, Hyundai Motor’s XCIENT Fuel Cell truck has conducted commercial operations in eight countries worldwide, establishing a successful track record of real-world applications and technological reliability.

A result of the collaboration between Hyundai Motor and Plus, Hyundai Motor’s XCIENT Fuel Cell truck was showcased at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the largest advanced clean transportation technology and fleet event in North America.

At last year’s ACT Expo, Hyundai introduced the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor, the commercialized Class 8 6×4 fuel cell electric model, powered by two 90kW hydrogen fuel cell systems and a 350kW e-motor, providing a driving range of over 450 miles per charge even when fully loaded.

Martin Zeilinger, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Development at Hyundai, commented; “We are excited to showcase our collaboration with Plus to test Level 4 autonomous driving technology with our Class 8 XCIENT Fuel Cell truck. Hyundai Motor has been driving the energy transition paradigm with our advanced fuel cell technologies. 

“By adding autonomous capabilities to our world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered XCIENT Fuel Cell truck, Hyundai is looking forward to providing fleets and vehicle operators additional solutions that enhance road safety and freight efficiencies thanks to Plus’s industry-leading autonomous driving technology.”

Shawn Kerrigan, COO and Co-Founder at Plus, added; “We are thrilled to collaborate with Hyundai Motor Company on this important initiative to create more sustainable and safe transportation options. A decarbonized future with autonomous hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks that also improve safety and efficiency is one that Plus is proud to support with our cutting-edge autonomous driving technology.”

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