from this extra charge. Thanks to this, hydrogen trucks
are able to maintain competitive pricing. Furthermore,
Switzerland is highly developed and has a larger
proportion of eco-conscious customers that view
emissionless logistics as a great positive for their brand
image. All of these factors combined allow this project
to be successful there.
When it comes to utility vehicles,
and other transportation
and machinery, I am convinced
that hydrogen will take over.
There are a couple other projects under Hyundai
within the field of bus transport being implemented
in cities around the world. Can you tell us how are
The Elec City Fuel Cells low-floor bus powered by
hydrogen fuel cells is currently being used in several
South Korean cities, and has also been introduced
into a couple European ones, as well. The closest of
these European cities to Czechia would be Munich
or Vienna. Although the buses performed very
well, their further expansion across Europe requires
the implementation of their Hyundai drivetrain into
a standardized European vehicle body.
What are the specific advantages you mentioned
that hydrogen has over other fuel sources when it
comes to haulage or bus transport?
There are quite a few. Excluding the fact that hydrogen
vehicles are emissionless, very quiet and have great
dynamics, their refueling also only takes around
8-15 minutes, allowing them to essentially remain
functional non-stop. Not to mention the range of
these vehicles in real traffic conditions is also great.
The aforementioned city bus has a range of around
470 kilometers on a single tank, and the truck, even
fully loaded driving on a road with a lot of verticality,
has a range of over 400 kilometers. Battery powered
solutions experience vastly lower ranges in real traffic.
Another advantage of the hydrogen drivetrain is that
it is significantly lighter when compared to a battery
Mr. Trešl, thank you for the interview.
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