Hyundai unveils hydrogen powered HDC-6 Neptune truckOctober 29, 2019
Several teasers of the HDC-6 Neptune truck from Hyundai, a hydrogen-powered company, have already appeared. However, it was now presented at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.
Hyundai created the HDC-6 Neptune concept truck to emphasize that the company is “exploring the possibilities” in the US commercial vehicle market. This car is a powerful eighth-class semitrailer that runs on hydrogen.
In addition to the environmental powerplant, the truck features a unique art deco design. The company chose it, inspired by the exterior of the streamlined rail trains produced in the 1930s. Hyundai especially noted the projects of industrial design master Henry Dreyfus, who created really beautiful trains for the Central Railway of New York.
In front of the semi-trailer, a huge windshield is especially prominent. It seems that it flows into the cabin. The semiautomatic device also received digital side mirrors that display an image on a unique frame in the interior of the truck. The Art Deco style is designed not only for the appearance of the car, the lower ribbed sections are a functional grid. Moreover, there are hidden, interestingly advanced steps for lifting into the truck.
Hyundai has not yet talked about the technical characteristics of its new development, however, a press conference should be held tomorrow.
“Fuel cells are ideally suited for heavy trucks and long mileage thanks to their large mileage range, longer payloads, shorter fueling times and ultimately lower costs,” the company says.
It is worth noting that in addition to the hydrogen-fueled HDC-6 Neptune truck, Hyundai also introduced the Nitro ThermoTech trailer. It was developed in collaboration with Air Liquide. ThermoTech is a refrigerated trailer that uses a cryogenic nitrogen cooling system. The company noted that the trailer cools faster than a traditional refrigeration unit, and is also silent. This development is also notable for its environmental friendliness; it has “structural sandwich panels”. Hyundai said that this design increases the strength of the walls and thermal efficiency, reduces weight.
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