Hyundai and PlusAI Unveil First Level 4 Autonomous Hydrogen Truck in the U.S.

Hyundai and PlusAI debut the first Level 4 autonomous hydrogen fuel cell truck in the U.S. at ACT Expo, showcasing its potential for safer, more efficient trucking.

Hyundai and PlusAI Unveil First Level 4 Autonomous Hydrogen Truck in the U.S.

Seoul, South Korea- Hyundai Motor Co Ltd., an automobile manufacturer and autonomous driving software PlusAI Inc., today unveiled the first Level 4 autonomous Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck in the U.S. at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the largest advanced clean transportation technology and fleet event in North America. 

The Level 4 autonomous XCIENT Fuel Cell truck is being tested in the U.S., marking the first-ever Level 4 self-driving trial on a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck in the nation. This collaboration aims to demonstrate the potential for autonomous hydrogen fuel cell trucks to improve safety, efficiency, and sustainability in the trucking industry. 

Mr. Martin Zeilinger, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Development at Hyundai, said, “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.” 

Since its debut in 2020, Hyundai's XCIENT Fuel Cell truck has been in commercial use across eight countries, proving its reliability and practicality. At last year's ACT Expo, Hyundai introduced the XCIENT Fuel Cell tractor, a Class 8 6x4 model with impressive specs, including a driving range of over 450 miles per charge. Plus's SuperDrive solution, deployed globally, utilizes advanced sensors for comprehensive perception and self-driving capabilities. 

Mr. Shawn Kerrigan, COO and Co-Founder at Plus, said “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.”