H2 is definitely a transportation fuel solution. Is it the one that makes the most sense is another question altogether. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – October 28, 2019 Hyundai HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept, H2 FCV Class 8 Heavy Duty Truck Atlanta, GA -- Hyundai revealed two new “Concepts” at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show. The Fuel Cell Class 8 HD Truck introduces the brands HD transport 2030 Vision including wide-spread deployment of H2-powered FCV technology. The non-drivable HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept Class 8 heavy duty truck and Hyundai Translead (HT) trailer combination highlights the future of HD transportation in the U.S. and around the world. In December 2018, Hyundai invested $6.4 billion USD to accelerate the development of an H2 society far beyond passenger vehicles. Hyundai reiterated that commercial fuel cells are the perfect fit for heavy duty trucks given their long driving distances between refueling needs, high payloads, less refueling time, and possibly lower costs. Hyundai HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept One of the design inspirations for the HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept’s exterior was the streamliner railway trains that ran from 1936 until 1959. The Chicago "Mercury" prepares to leave Chicago in 1936. Mercury train sets were designed by the noted industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss for the New York Central in the 1930's. This design symbolized the greatest technological wonder of the era, while looking bold, iconic, and futuristic and are considered a prime example of Art Deco design. The HDC-6 NEPTUNE design team took on painstaking packaging challenges to increase the FCVs cooling requirements. The wide grill integrates retractable steps to the cab. The combination of both cab over drivetrain and a conventional truck format achieves std. load, haul, and unload design that today’s infrastructure demands. The HDC-6 NEPTUNE Class 8 Concept truck advances Hyundai’s vision into the next decade and will add to the company’s success in commercial vehicles, which are already sold in 130 countries around the world. Hyundai HT Nitro ThermoTech Concept Trailer The HT Nitro ThermoTech from Hyundai Translead will be one of the first trailer manufacturers in North America to introduce a refrigerated trailer using “cryogenic nitrogen” refrigeration technology. The concept trailer, developed in collaboration with Air Liquide, will change the way Hyundai Translead provides refrigerated transportation. The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer’s carbon footprint is up to 90% less! than a traditional unit. The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer allows temperatures to be reduced faster than traditional refrigeration units and maintains the desired temperature with precise control. The intelligent control system and independent cooling power maximize thermal efficiency. IN addition, it is essentially noise free. The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer is a standalone system not affected by outside temperatures. The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer also features a new structural design. The side wall, front wall, and roof are each constructed as a one-piece, structural sandwich foam panel with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) skins. The materials are made without posts and roof bows. The one-piece structural foam panel design creates a lighter weight trailer with increased wall strength and enhanced thermal efficiency, while maintaining the same volume. The improved structure panels are bonded to the rails, which reduce thermal bridges, remove potential water intrusion, and provide a cleaner finish. All in, expect to see these or similar designs on the road within 5 to 7-years either as prototypes or as turnkey offerings. Race to the Future The big question is will Tesla’s all-electric Semi powered by the innovative automakers Solar powered Powerpacks get here first? The Tesla Semi claims to provide large savings in energy costs, performance, efficiency and reliability with the biggest immediate cost-advantage arising from savings in energy costs. Tesla All-Electric Semi Fully loaded, the Tesla Semi consumes less than 2 kWh of energy per mile and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed. 80% of freight in the U.S. is moved less than 250 miles. Coupled with the low electricity prices that commercial and industrial users with local solar generation and storage, electricity can be created and consumed for a fraction of the cost of diesel or H2. Owners can expect to gain $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on diesel fuel costs alone. The Tesla All-Electric Semi is not a Concept within a 2030 vision but expected to be on the road in just over a year.