As well as showcasing it HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept, a hydrogen-powered Class 8 heavy duty truck at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Hyundai Motor Company also revealed its new, clean energy refrigerated concept trailer, the HT Nitro ThermoTech®.

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Hyundai’s HDC-6 NEPTUNE,a hydrogen-powered Class 8 heavy duty truck, and its refrigerated trailer, the HT Nitro ThermoTech® Concept

The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer provides a response to the rising challenges of clean transportation, according to Hyundai.

The HT Nitro ThermoTech will be one of the first trailer manufacturers in North America to introduce a refrigerated trailer using a cryogenic nitrogen refrigeration technology system.

The concept trailer, developed in collaboration with Air Liquide, is changing 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 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 maximise 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.

The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer cooling unit is also virtually noiseless which significantly reduces noise pollution for drivers as well as at the point of deliveries, making it ideal for night-time deliveries in urban areas.

“This refrigerated trailer concept represents a significant advancement in our continued commitment to corporate social responsibility”, Bongjae Lee, CEO 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.”

Hyundai also chose the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show to debut the HDC-6 NEPTUNE Concept to introduce Hyundai commercial vehicles to the US market. While Hyundai’s commercial offerings are well-known elsewhere, this is the first time they have been shown in the US.

“The fuel cell powertrain gave us the opportunity to redefine the classical typology and architecture of the truck,” Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. 

Through its joint venture with H2 Energy, Hyundai is commercialising fuel cell electric trucks by providing 1,600 FCEV heavy-duty trucks to the Swiss commercial vehicle market, beginning 2019 through to 2023.