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Hyundai hydrogen-fueled trucks making inroads in Europe

South Korean automaker gets jump on rivals' fuel cell-powered big rigs

Hyundai's Xcient fuel cell-powered trucks are making a splash in Switzerland. (Photo courtesy of Gebrueder Weiss)

HAMBURG, Germany -- Whenever the Hyundai Xcient fuel cell truck owned by Austrian logistics company Gebrueder Weiss pulls into a customer's loading yard, it grabs people's attention.

A large zero on the side, together with smaller text reading "zero emission green hydrogen" marks it as the world's first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck model -- basically an electric vehicle that gets its juice from a hydrogen cell instead of a battery.

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