Hyundai recently revealed two concept vehicles at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show as part of its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle 2030 Vision.
The automaker introduced the HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept Class 8 heavy-duty truck, while Hyundai Translead, its trailer manufacturer, announced HT Niro ThermoTech that was developed with Air Liquide. Combined, they make an environmentally-friendly semi-trailer truck. The HT NitroThermo Tech's carbon footprint is up to 90% less than a traditional trailer and will be one of the first North American trailers to use a cryogenic nitrogen refrigeration technology system.
The automaker's 2030 Vision includes the widespread use of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology in order to its goal of producing zero-emission vehicles in a decarbonized world. The trailer was created specifically in response to the need to reduce greenhouse gases and fossil fuel dependency.
Back in December of 2018, the automaker invested $6.4 billion into the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. This is the first time the two concepts have been shown in the US commercial vehicle market, which Hyundai says it will begin exploring. It's also opening its doors to potential partners who want to join them in creating a hydrogen "ecosystem" for commercial vehicles.
The automaker will be bringing 1,600 FCEV heavy-duty trucks to the Swiss commercial vehicle market from 2019 to 2023.