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Hyundai launch hydrogen powered commercial truck concept



Hyundai have debuted two new hydrogen powered concepts at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV), to showcase the companies endeavours to move forward to a decarbonised society through the advancement of zero-emission vehicles.

Hyundai's 2 new concepts both use hydrogen fuel cells to reduce emissions
(Image via Hyundai)

HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept 

The first is the HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept, a hydrogen powered Class 8 heavy duty truck, intended for both short and long haul needs within the commercial market. In addition to the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, the truck is optimised for both aerodynamics and driver friendliness.

The HDC-6 Neptune is a hydrogen powered class 8 heavy duty truck with the potential for automation
(Image via Hyundai)

“The fuel cell powertrain gave us the opportunity to redefine the classical typology and architecture of the truck,” said Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. 

“The Hyundai Commercial Vehicles Design Team started with a white sheet of paper focusing on the new defined functionality resetting all standards in order to project commercial vehicles in the future.”

The HDC-6 Neptune design was inspired by Art Deco trains with a large grill to facilitate greater airflow
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The design takes inspiration from the Art Deco styling of streamliner railway trains used from 1936 until 1959. This incorporates a larger grill, necessary for the increased cooling requirements of the concept. The design creates a bold and distinctive image while maximising airflow. 

“HDC-6 NEPTUNE, the concept for the next-generation fuel-cell electric truck, embodies Hyundai Motor’s vision of mobility for a global hydrogen society, innovatively developed applying Hyundai designers’ creativity and the company’s advanced technology,” said SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Design Center. 

“To maximize the potential of a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle, HDC-6 NEPTUNE delivers groundbreaking futuristic architecture. In particular, one can understand Hyundai’s novel approach to the interior design of the space and in capturing lifestyle-oriented mobility.”

The HT Nitro ThermoTech is a refrigerated trailer powered by hydrogen
(Image via Hyundai)

HT Nitro ThermoTech® Concept 

The second machine unveiled at the show is the HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer - a green-energy refrigerated trailer that’s optimal for transporting cold chain products.

According to Hyundai, temperatures are reduced more quickly than a traditional refrigeration unit and maintained with precise control of desired temperatures. The hydrogen powertrain reduces greenhouse gases and dependence on fossil fuels, while providing a virtually noiseless cooling unit that significantly reduces noise pollution for drivers as well as at the point of deliveries.

The trailer reduces noise pollution as well as regular pollution
(Image via Hyundai)

The trailer also features enhanced structural designs, including a one-piece constructed side wall, front wall and roof that are built as a structural sandwich foam panel with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) skins. The materials are made without posts and roof bows, and create a lighter weight trailer with increased wall strength and enhanced thermal efficiency while maintaining the same cubic trailer volume. 

“This refrigerated trailer concept represents a significant advancement in our continued commitment to corporate social responsibility,” said Bongjae Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Translead. 

“By developing innovative technology, Hyundai Translead is helping address climate change. The HT Nitro ThermoTech reduces pollutants and emissions while providing reliable and effective cold chain food transportation.”

The two new concepts reflect Hyundai's dedication to reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change
(Image via Hyundai)

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