Hyundai Motor Company has revealed its first hydrogen-powered commercial vehicle at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show.
The HDC-6 Neptune Concept Class 8 heavy-duty truck is part of the South Korean automotive manufacturer’s 2030 vision for widespread deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology.
Hyundai said it will start exploring opportunities in the US commercial vehicle market, as well as being open to working with other partners, to pave the way to establish a hydrogen ecosystem for commercial vehicles.
“HDC-6 Neptune, the concept for the next-generation fuel-cell electric truck, embodies Hyundai Motor’s vision of mobility for a global hydrogen society, innovatively developed applying Hyundai designers’ creativity and the company’s advanced technology,” SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Design Center, said.
“To maximise the potential of a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle, HDC-6 Neptune delivers groundbreaking futuristic architecture. In particular, one can understand Hyundai’s novel approach to the interior design of the space and in capturing lifestyle-oriented mobility.”
Hyundai has already expanded its global leadership in fuel cell technology. Through its joint venture with H2 Energy, the company is commercialising fuel cell electric trucks by providing 1,600 fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) heavy-duty trucks to the Swiss commercial vehicle market, beginning 2019 through to 2023.
With Hyundai’s commercial vehicle entry to the European market, the US market is an important next phase of the company’s FCEV 2020 vision.