Iveco Group and Hyundai Motor Company have unveiled the first Iveco eDaily Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hanover.
Both Iveco Group and Hyundai have ambitious sustainability goals and are leveraging their collaboration to help accelerate the transition towards net zero carbon. Since signing an MoU in March 2022, they have formed multiple joint working groups on various technological streams to explore ways that they can complement each other on the development of electric vehicles and alternative propulsions.
Earlier in July, the two companies jointly announced hydrogen-powered Iveco bus vehicles equipped with Hyundai’s fuel cell system, with expected relevant advantages in terms of performance and emissions. The eDaily FCEV represents the future potential of Iveco’s bestselling and longest production-running large van, with a range that currently includes traditional and methane/bio-methane propulsions, and new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) models.
The working eDaily FCEV prototype is equipped with Hyundai’s 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell system and 140 kW e-motor. Six tanks offer a combined storage capacity of 12kg of hydrogen. The GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) 7.2-tonne prototype has been tested in Europe, confirming a driving range of 350km, maximum payload of 3 tons and a refueling time within 15 minutes.
According to Iveco, while the eDaily BEV, also launched at the IAA, is best suited for short journeys, the eDaily FCEV “will be an ideal option for deliveries where long range with high payload is necessary.”
An integral part of the eDaily FCEV is the battery pack by FPT Industrial, the powertrain brand of Iveco Group, while the fuel cell system provided by Hyundai is the latest step in the company’s 20+ year hydrogen mobility journey. Hyundai’s advanced fuel cell technology is already in use in various applications, and especially in the commercial vehicle sector. The system logged over 4.5 million km in Switzerland on heavy duty trucks showing its powerful performance and reliability.
“On the day we are announcing that our battery-electric eDAILY project has come true, we are thrilled to present the first hydrogen-powered eDAILY to the world. Based on this prototype, we aim to roll out a small series of FCEV vans for trial with selected customers by the end of next year”, said Marco Liccardo, Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Iveco Group. “This exciting milestone in our sustainability journey is an outcome of the successful collaboration between Iveco Group and Hyundai Motor Company and shows how we can achieve tangible results in a short timeframe by combining our strengths.”
The eDaily FCEV is on display at the Iveco booth located in Hall 24, Deutsche Messe AG, at the IAA Transportation from September 20 to 25.