Hyundai Teases Fuel Cell Semi, Will Be Launched In 2019 | Feature

Hyundai has been one of the key proponents of hydrogen vehicles and the company has announced plans to introduce a new fuel cell semi at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany.

Designed to build on the success of the ix35 Cell and Nexo, the fuel cell semi previews a production model that will be in 2019. The company is keeping details under wraps, but said the semi has a “simple and clean design which is also aerodynamically efficient.” Speaking of the latter, the semi has been equipped with a spoiler, sculpted side panels and aerodynamic mirrors.

Besides the aerodynamic design features, the semi has a bold front grille which echoes the one used on the Nexo and Santa Fe. However, Hyundai says this particular grille “symbolizes hydrogen” and gives the truck a “unique and powerful look.” The eco-friendly message is reinforced by blue accents and LED lighting units which hint at the high-tech powertrain.

Specifications will be announced at the show and Hyundai says the model will compete in Europe’s “eco-friendly commercial vehicle market” when it is launched next year.

While Hyundai was tight-lipped on details, they’re not the only automaker that is working on fuel cell semis. Earlier this year, Toyota unveiled Project Portal 2.0 which was a hydrogen-powered Class 8 semi which used a handful of components sourced from the Mirai.

While the two vehicles shared some components, that is where the similarities end. Unlike the car, the semi had a powertrain that produced 670+ hp (500 kW / 679 PS) and 1,325 lb-ft (1,794 Nm) of torque. The model also had a sleeper cab and a range in excess of 300 miles (482 km).

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