Hyundai shares sustainable vision at NACV 2019

The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer is Hyundai Translead’s response to the rising challenges of clean transportation: reducing greenhouse gases and dependence on fossil fuels while maintaining competitiveness.

The HT Nitro ThermoTech concept trailer, on show at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta this week, is reported to be optimal for transporting cold chain products.

“Temperatures are reduced more quickly than a traditional refrigeration unit and maintained with precise control of desired temperatures,” Hyundai said in a statement. “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 reported to be virtually noiseless which significantly reduces noise pollution for drivers as well as at the point of deliveries.

“This refrigerated trailer concept represents a significant advancement in our continued commitment to corporate social responsibility,” said Hyundai Translead CEO, Bongjae Le. “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 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 reported to be up to 90 per cent less than a traditional unit.

The concept trailer also features new, enhanced structural designs. The side wall, front wall, and roof are each constructed as a one-piece, structural sandwich foam panel with Fibre 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.

To complement the reefer, and adding to its sustainable vision, Hyundai also debuted its HDC-6 Neptune – a hydrogen-powered class 8 heavy duty truck – at NACV 2019.

Head of Hyundai Commercial Vehicle Business Division, Edward Lee, said the HDC-6 Neptune is the first hydrogen-only concept for Hyundai Motor Company’s commercial vehicles (CV) and the manufacturer is willing to work with other partners to establish a hydrogen ecosystem for commercial vehicles.

Both concepts, the HT Nitro ThermoTech and HDC-6 Neptune, add product detail to Hyundai Motor Company’s Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) 2030 Vision for wide-spread deployment of hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology.

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