It is thought that hydrogen-powered vehicles could be an optional extra of an electric vehicle for heavy work such as towing but where they really come into force is as a heavy duty electric vehicle. Using an electric motor driven by a fuel cell powered by renewable hydrogen will be greenhouse emissions free. Refuelling is quick, the range is large but most importantly hydrogen provides a powerful fuel for heavy duty trucks, trains, planes and ships.
At the North American Commercial Vehicle Show, Hyundai unveiled the HDC-6 NEPTUNE, a hydrogen-powered Class 8 heavy duty truck, and also announced the launch of its new clean energy refrigerated concept trailer, the HT Nitro ThermoTech.
Labelled as “optimal” for transporting cold chain products, the HT Nitro ThermoTech is able to reduce temperatures faster than traditional refrigeration units and maintain precise temperature without being affected by outside temperatures. It reduces pollutants and emissions while providing reliable and effective cold chain food transportation without affecting the truck’s power supply.
Hyundais introduction of hydrogen powered heavy transports provide a glimpse into the future of transportation around the world.
“We are willing to work with other partners to pave the way to establish a hydrogen ecosystem for CV.” said Edward Lee, Head of Hyundai Commercial Vehicle Business Division.