October 30, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia – Hyundai Motor Company revealed the first rendering images of its concept for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric truck, HDC-6 NEPTUNE.
Known for its leadership in fuel cell technology with integrated capabilities for the passenger and commercial vehicle markets, HMC will debut its latest commercial truck concept during this year’s North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.
In addition, Hyundai Translead (HT) will also reveal its eco-friendly, high-performance refrigerated concept trailer solution, HT Nitro ThermoTech®. A joint press conference had taken place on October 29, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, GA.
Supporting the company’s vision for a zero carbon emission fuel cell truck, Hyundai’s name for its concept HDC-6 NEPTUNE, recognises the Roman god of the sea, Neptune, 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,” said HMC commercial vehicle business division head Edward Lee in a statement.
HDC-6 NEPTUNE’s unique construction includes the fuel cell system and advanced in-cab technology, its modern design draws inspiration from the streamliner railway train-sets of the 1930s with its Art Deco function-driven style. Similarly, the HDC-6 NEPTUNE design team has found new ways to combine both form and function to create an entirely unique new solution within the commercial vehicle industry.
“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 truck can resolve the environmental equations of widely used commercial vehicles and our commitment to create a decarbonised society,” said Lee.
Hyundai’s commercial offerings include trucks from Class 2 to Class 8 and buses which are manufactured in three international parts and currenly sold in 130 countries around the world since 1970s.