tesla has a rival in new hyundai hydrogen-powered semi-truck concept

tesla has a rival in new hyundai hydrogen-powered semi-truck concept

hyundai has revealed two new hydrogen-powered concepts – a fuel cell electric semi-truck and refrigerated trailer. both vehicles are part of the automaker’s fuel cell electric vehicle 2030 vision, which includes the widespread use of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology in vehicles.




HMC introduced the HDC-6 neptune concept class 8 heavy-duty truck, while hyundai translead (HT), a leading trailer manufacturer, announced the launch of its new, clean energy refrigerated concept trailer, the HT nitro thermotech. the tractor-trailer combination provides a window into the future of the transportation in the us and around the world.

tesla has a rival in new hyundai hydrogen-powered semi-truck concept

images courtesy of hyundai



the HDC-6 neptune evolves the class 8 truck, looking toward the future in design, in-cab technology and propulsion system. the concept continues hyundai’s leadership in moving to a decarbonized society and the advancement of zero-emission vehicles. this future truck will add to the company’s success in commercial vehicles, which are already sold in 130 countries around the world.


the HDC-6 neptune concept was inspired by the streamliner railway trains that ran from 1936 until 1959, an example of art deco industrial design. the pioneering twentieth century industrial designer, henry dreyfuss, applied a prime example of art deco design for the new york central railroad in the 1930’s, symbolizing the greatest technological wonder of the era, while looking bold and iconic at the same time.



‘the fuel cell powertrain gave us the opportunity to redefine the classical typology and architecture of the truck,’ said luc donckerwolke, chief design officer of hyundai motor group. ‘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.’


the HT nitro thermotech concept trailer is optimal for transporting cold chain products. temperatures are reduced more quickly than a traditional refrigeration unit and maintained with precise control of desired temperatures. the intelligent control system and independent cooling power maximize thermal efficiency. the HT nitro thermotech concept trailer is not affected by outside temperatures. maximum power is always available, even when the truck’s engine is off or idling.



‘this refrigerated trailer concept represents a significant advancement in our continued commitment to corporate social responsibility,’ said bongjae lee, chief executive officer of hyundai translead. ‘by developing innovative technology, hyundai translead is helping address climate change. the HT nitro thermotech reduces pollutants and emissions while providing reliable and effective cold chain food transportation.’


the HT nitro thermotech concept trailer features new, enhanced structural designs. 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 cubic trailer volume. the improved structure panels are bonded to the rails, which reduce thermal bridges, remove potential water intrusion, and provide a cleaner finish.


project info


company: hyundai
model: HDC-6 neptune / HT nitro thermotech concept

  • The standard way to get hydrogen is to crack up hydrocarbons such as natural gas. So how is this de-carbonizing?

    Steve M says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,528 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample