Hyundai reveals hydrogen-powered Neptune semi
The company wants to establish a 'hydrogen ecosystem' for commercial vehicles.
Hyundai has debuted the HDC-6 Neptune, a retro-styled semi truck powered by hydrogen.
Following Tesla's lead, the Korean automaker opted for a bold design inspired by streamliner trains that first appeared in the 1930s. Like all-electric powertrains, FCEV technology eliminates the engine-placement design constraint and provides more flexibility in terms of overall vehicle shape and cabin layout.
"The Hyundai Commercial Vehicles Design Team started with a white sheet of paper focusing on the new defined functionality resetting all standards in order to project commercial vehicles in the future," says Hyundai design chief Luc Donckerwolke.
Hydrogen has been a tough sell in the consumer market due to limited refueling infrastructure and just a few FCEV models to choose from. Some automakers hope their investments in hydrogen may pay off in commercial vehicles, however, and Hyundai has vowed to establish an entire "hydrogen ecosystem" to support such fleets.
The Korean automaker last year committed $6.4 billion to accelerating the development and deployment of hydrogen technology.