Hyundai Plans to Reveal Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Truck

October 21, 2019 by Jerry Hirsch, @Jerryhirsch

Hyundai Motor Co. plans to reveal its concept for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric truck at the year’s North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta next week.

The South Korean automaker revealed the first images of the futuristic truck in advance of the show Monday.

Hyundai named the truck the HDC-6 NEPTUNE. The name honors the Roman god of the seas, Neptune. It also symbolizes the hydrogen-powered natural elements of the sea – the largest potential source of hydrogen fuel on Earth, the company said.

interior of the Hyundai HDC-6 NEPTUNE.

Interior of the Hyundai HDC-6 NEPTUNE. (Photo: Hyundai)

The company provided almost no details about the truck. But the image shows what Hyundai described as an “Art Deco function driving style.” It is inspired by the streamliner railway trainsets of the 1930s.

FUEL CELL COMPETITORS

The automaker joins a handful of other companies looking to commercialize fuel cell heavy-duty trucks. The biggest name is Toyota Motor Corp. The Japanese automaker is working with truck manufacturer Kenworth Truck Co. on a project that will begin service soon.

The goal is to develop green cargo-hauling trucks that can replace diesel big rigs and reduce pollution at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., complex, the nation’s largest.

Nikola Motor Co., a Phoenix-based startup, also is developing a hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty truck. Nikola plans two trucking industry innovations. First is its high-volume, long-distance fuel-cell electric heavy-duty truck models. It also will market the vehicles at an “all-in” lease rate that includes fuel, service and maintenance with the truck. It’s planning a 2022 launch for the truck.

ENVIRONMENTAL VISION

Hyundai, which already has a fuel cell passenger car, said its fuel cell truck supports the company’s environmental vision.

“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 Edward Lee, who heads Hyundai’s commercial vehicle business division.

“Fuel cell electric trucks can resolve the environmental equations of widely used commercial vehicles and our commitment to create a decarbonized society,” Lee said.

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