Iveco has revealed a new hydrogen-powered prototype version of its full-sized Daily van in the first example of the ongoing partnership between the Italian firm and Hyundai.
Unveiled at the IAA Transportation conference in Hannover, Germany, the eDaily FCEV is equipped with a 90kW hydrogen fuel cell system developed by Hyundai and a 140kW (190hp) electric motor, with six on-board tanks capable of storing up to 12kg of hydrogen. The eDaily’s battery pack comes from FPT Industrial, Iveco’s powertrain unit.
Testing of the 7.2-tonne prototype in Europe confirmed a driving range of 350km, with refuelling possible in around 15 minutes, though hydrogen refuelling stations are still scarce. The payload is up to three tonnes.
Iveco’s zero-emissions ambitions
The eDaily FCEV reveal came as Iveco took the covers off a new battery-electric version of the Daily.
“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,” said Marco Liccardo, Chief Technology Officer at Iveco.
“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.
“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.”
Collaboration with Hyundai
In March, Iveco and Hyundai signed a deal to explore cooperation on shared vehicle technology, joint sourcing and mutual supply. In July, both companies announced that Iveco’s future hydrogen-powered buses in Europe would be powered by fuel-cell systems developed by Hyundai’s hydrogen mobility division, HTWO.
The powertrain driving the prototype version of the eDaily FCEV has already been tested extensively in Switzerland, clocking up over 4.5 million kilometres on heavy-duty trucks and has, so far, proved reliable.
While Iveco said that the battery-electric eDaily was best suited to short delivery runs, the eDaily FCEV, it said, was an ideal option for longer deliveries where a high payload and much longer range were necessary.