Hyundai unveils LORRY on hydrogen with a giant grill and cooled trailer inspired by the streamliner train from the 1930s – but how do you get it?
- Design inspired by Art Deco streamliner trains on the New York Central Railroad
- Trucks emit zero emissions, with water dripping from the exhaust being their only waste
- Although it is a concept without a driver, the extensive design has a large lounge
Hyundai has released a truck without heavy trucks with hydrogen powder that looks like a high-speed train.
The concept for the HDC-6 Neptunus may seem futuristic, but according to the company's vision, the roads of the world will already be flooded in 2030 by the & # 39; Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles & # 39 ;.
The design was unveiled yesterday at the North American Commercial Vehicle Fair and is Hyundai's response to a clean energy transport vehicle.
Due to the increased cooling requirements, the grill of the commercial vehicle concept is used as the theme throughout the lower part of the Hyundai HDC-6 NEPTUNE
A fleet of HDC-6 Neptunes, a truck without trucks, a hydrogen powder truck
The design of the concept was inspired by streamlining trains on the New York Central Railroad, which ran from 1936 to 1959 and were an excellent example of industrial design in art deco style.
Despite the fact that it is not a driver, the elaborate design has a large living room with seats in the cabin of the truck, along with a spiral staircase and a sliding door.
Although it is not immediately clear, drivers have access to retractable steps to enter the vehicle, which are cleverly hidden in the large grill.
Due to increased cooling requirements, the vehicle grill wraps around the entire lower portion of the Hyundai HDC-6 NEPTUNE.
The only waste product from the trucks is water emitted through the exhaust pipe, which means that it can drastically change the levels of pollution on the roads.
Despite the fact that it is not a driver, the elaborate design has a large living room with seats in the cab of the truck, along with a spiral staircase and a sliding door
How do you get in? Fold-out steps are included in the grill area under the door
The design of the concept was inspired by streamlining trains on the New York Central Railroad, which ran from 1936 to 1959 and were an excellent example of industrial design in art deco style
In addition, the green vehicle even sucks up dirty air and cleans it while being combined with a series of filters.
Luc Donckerwolke, chief design officer at Hyundai Motor Group, said: & # 39; The fuel cell powertrain gave us the opportunity to redefine the classic typology and architecture of the truck.
& # 39; The Hyundai Commercial Vehicles design team started with a white sheet of paper focused on the newly defined functionality whereby all standards were reset to project commercial vehicles in the future. & # 39;
The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer cooling unit is virtually silent, which significantly reduces the noise nuisance for drivers and at the point of delivery
South Korean Hyundai believes it will build 500,000 hydrogen engines every year by 2030
In addition to the sustainable fuel used for the truck, Hyundai Translead also introduces a low-carbon cooling unit, the Nitro ThermoTech.
It will be one of the first trailers to use a cryogenic nitrogen cooling technology system and will have a CO2 footprint that is up to 90 percent smaller than a traditional unit.
The trailer, which is attached to the Class 8 heavy truck, will be made from one lightweight panel, a foam panel with fiber-reinforced polymer skins, to reduce energy consumption and also insulate refrigerated goods inside.
A sliding door opens to reveal the spacious interior. Hyundai will explore opportunities in the American commercial vehicle market
Edward Lee, head of the business division of Hyundai Commercial Vehicle, said: & Today we are going on this show, showing HDC-6 Neptune, the first hydrogen-only concept for Hyundai Motor Company's commercial vehicles. on the commercial vehicle market in the United States.
& # 39; In addition, we are prepared to pave the way for setting up a hydrogen ecosystem for central heating (commercial vehicles) together with other partners. & # 39;
South Korean Hyundai believes it will build 500,000 hydrogen engines every year by 2030.
HOW DO HYDROGEN CELLS WORK?
Hydrogen fuel cells create electricity to power a battery and engine by mixing hydrogen and oxygen in specially treated plates, which are combined to form the fuel cell stack.
Fuel cell stacks and batteries have enabled engineers to significantly reduce these components to fit neatly into a family car, although they are also often used to fuel buses and other larger vehicles.
Oxygen is collected from the air through inlets, usually in the grate, and hydrogen is stored in aluminum-coated fuel tanks, which automatically seal in the event of an accident to prevent leaks.
These ingredients are melted, releasing usable electricity and water as by-products and making the technology one of the quietest and most environmentally friendly available.
Reducing the amount of platinum used in the stack has made fuel cells less expensive, but the use of the rare metal has limited the spread of their use.
Recent research has suggested that hydrogen fuel cell cars can one day challenge electric cars to pollution-free roads – but only if more stations are built to feed them.
Cars with fuel cells can be refueled just as quickly as cars with gasoline and can also travel further between fillings.
Gas stations cost up to £ 1.5 million ($ 2 million) to build, so companies are reluctant to build them unless there are more fuel cell cars on the road.
The US Department of Energy displays only 34 public hydrogen filling stations in the country; all but three are in California.
According to Information Trends, there were 6,475 FCV & # 39; s worldwide at the end of 2017.
More than half were registered in California, making the US (53 percent) ahead of FCV approval.
Japan is in second place with 38 percent, while Europe is in nine percent.
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