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Hyundai teases fuel cell big rig concept ahead of IAA

Hyundai teases fuel cell big r...
Details on the new Hyundai fuel cell truck are scant, but more will be unveiled in Germany later this month
Details on the new Hyundai fuel cell truck are scant, but more will be unveiled in Germany later this month
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Details on the new Hyundai fuel cell truck are scant, but more will be unveiled in Germany later this month
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Details on the new Hyundai fuel cell truck are scant, but more will be unveiled in Germany later this month

The Hyundai Motor Company has teased a hydrogen fuel cell big rig ahead of the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 exposition. Promising a European launch of the truck in 2019, Hyundai released an image and a vague statement about the vehicle before its official debut.

The teaser says that the truck builds on the fuel cell knowledge gained from the ix35 Fuel Cell (aka Tucson Fuel Cell) and the NEXO.

Hyundai's image for the fuel cell electric truck shows a distinctive design similar in general look to cab-over (upright) trucks common in Europe, but with a distinctive grille and (questionable) trailer connection. Given the design teaser, we believe that the Hyundai fuel cell truck is not articulated, meaning it's in the smaller "box truck" size range (26,000 lb/11,794 kg gross vehicle weight).

Hyundai will unveil more plans for the fuel cell truck at the IAA show in Hanover, Germany on September 20-27.

Source: Hyundai

3 comments
zr2s10
"Given the design teaser, we believe that the Hyundai fuel cell truck is not articulated, " I thought so too, but perhaps they have a sliding trailer mount? If it was automated, so that the trailer slides back at lower speeds, with no driver input, that would be useful. Better aero at highway speed, better maneuverability at cornering/turning speeds.
ei3io
Good point to slide, or the center of pivot allows the cab to rotate with its 2 wheels,, and a third cab idler wheel allows the pivot hinge to not be a bending moment but just a 2D hinge plane not lengthening the trailer bed.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think a hydrogen fuel cell truck makes more sense than a battery only electric truck. I think it would be faster to refuel than waiting for the batteries to recharge. I think it would give it a longer range too.