Hyundai Mo­tor re­veals hy­dro­gen truck con­cept

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS -

Hyundai Mo­tor said Tues­day it has debuted a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered truck con­cept in the United States as part of its ef­forts to sell its zero-emis­sion trucks in the world’s most im­por­tant au­to­mo­bile mar­ket.

Hyundai in­tro­duced the HDC6 Nep­tune, a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered heavy-duty truck, at the 2019 North Amer­i­can Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in At­lanta on Mon­day (lo­cal time).

“To­day at this show, by show­ing the HDC-6 Nep­tune, the first hy­dro­gen-only con­cept for Hyundai Mo­tor’s com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, we will start ex­plor­ing oppor­tunities in the U.S. com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket,” said Ed­ward Lee, head of the Hyundai Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Busi­ness Divi­sion. “Fur­ther­more, we are will­ing to work with other part­ners to pave the way to es­tab­lish a hy­dro­gen ecosys­tem for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.”

The truck con­cept is part of Hyundai’s plan to take a lead­er­ship role in the road to a car­bon-free so­ci­ety and the ad­vance­ment of zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles, the state­ment said.

The fuel cell elec­tric truck only emits wa­ter va­por as it con­verts stored hy­dro­gen into elec­tric­ity, which turns the ve­hi­cle’s mo­tor.

Global car­mak­ers have been rac­ing to go eco-friendly amid tight­ened regulation­s on emis­sions of green­house gases that scientists say are to blame for global warm­ing.

Hyundai and Swiss hy­dro­gen com­pany H2 En­ergy AG launched a joint ven­ture last month to sell 1,600 hy­dro­gen trucks in Switzer­land and other Euro­pean coun­tries by 2025. The maker of the Sonata sedan and the Pal­isade SUV is now mov­ing to make a pres­ence with its hy­dro­gen ve­hi­cles in the U.S.

Hyundai Mo­tor Group, which aims to morph into a fu­ture mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions provider, an­nounced in De­cem­ber that it will in­vest 7.6 tril­lion won ($6.7 bil­lion) in hy­dro­gen car-pro­duc­ing fa­cil­i­ties and re­lated re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties by 2030.

Yon­hap

Hyundai Mo­tor has un­veiled the HDC-6 Nep­tune, a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered heavy-duty truck, at the 2019 North Amer­i­can Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in At­lanta, Mon­day. The car­maker said it plans to take a lead­ing role in bringing zero-emis­sion trucks to the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket.

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