Is this the future for the trucking industry?

Louise Smyth

Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) has revealed the first rendering images of its concept for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric truck, HDC-6 Neptune. The company will debut its latest commercial truck concept during this year’s North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta on October 29th. In addition, Hyundai Translead (HT) will also reveal an eco-friendly, high-performance refrigerated concept trailer solution, HT Nitro ThermoTech. 

Supporting the company’s vision for a zero carbon emission fuel cell truck, Hyundai’s name for its concept recognises the Roman god of the seas, symbolising the hydrogen powered natural elements of the sea – the largest potential source of hydrogen fuel on Earth. “We have cemented the fuel cell technology leadership position in the passenger vehicle sector with the world’s first commercially produced fuel cell EV and the second generation fuel cell EV, the Nexo,” commented Edward Lee, Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “With the introduction of HDC-6 Neptune, in addition to the road-proven Xcient fuel cell truck, we expand our technology leadership into the commercial vehicle sector by unveiling our vision of how fuel cell electric trucks can resolve the environmental equations of widely used commercial vehicles and our commitment to create a decarbonised society.”

In addition to HDC-6 Neptune’s unique construction, fuel cell system and advanced in-cab technology, its design draws inspiration from the streamliner railway trainsets of the 1930s with its Art Deco function-driven style. Similarly, the design team found new ways to combine both form and function to create an entirely unique new solution within the commercial vehicle industry.

Read about fuel cell trucks in California here.



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