Hyundai Outlines Future Hydrogen Strategy

Hyundai has presented its vision to popularise hydrogen by 2040 through the introduction of new technologies and mobility solutions in transport and other industrial sectors.

Highlighting its commitment to clean sustainable energy, the Group unveiled bold plans that will see the electrification of all new commercial vehicle models by 2028. This will feature fuel cell electric or battery-electric powertrains, as well as the application of fuel cell systems.

The strategy was unveiled at the Hydrogen Wave global online forum, followed by a physical exhibition, at which the newly introduced applications and concepts were presented.

Currently in development is the third-generation fuel cell stack will succeed NEXO’s current stack.

“The Group is planning to introduce a new-generation fuel-cell system in 2023 that realises a reduced price and volume with significantly improved durability and output,” the company said in a statement.

“By ensuring price competitiveness, the Group’s goal is to achieve a fuel cell vehicle price point comparable to a battery-electric vehicle by 2030.”

Before then, Hyundai will launch the third generation Nexo Fuel-cell vehicle in the middle of 2023, followed by a fuel-cell-powered variant of the just-launched Staria people mover.

Further product concepts featuring fuel cell technologies were also revealed, including a Trailer Drone, Vision FK high-performance sports car, and fuel-cell equipped vehicles for emergency relief and rescue missions.

Hyundai’s e-Bogie trailer concept (below) is a self-driving, four-wheel steering, hydrogen-powered autonomous vehicle that could be used to move shipping containers, trucks, buses, trams and even trains in the future. Along with the e-Bogie, Hyundai showcased the Rescue Drone – a new concept that can be operated remotely and autonomously for critical operations such as firefighting and lifesaving.

The company also announced plans for a hydrogen-powered high-performance sports car, the Vision FK. With a maximum output of over 500kW, the Vision FK concept has a claimed acceleration from 0-100km/h in under four seconds. Combining a fuel cell energy converter with a high-power, RWD, plug-in powertrain, the vehicle aims to achieve over 600km in range.

Finally, they introduced the Rescue Hydrogen Generator Vehicle, which supplies power to vehicles in aid of urgent assistance in remote, off-road areas.

Not only does Hyundai hope to revolutionize the automotive industry, but also “apply hydrogen energy in all areas of like such as our homes, workplaces and factories. The goal is to make hydrogen readily used for everyone, everything, and everywhere.”

In addition to being used commercially for vehicles, Fuel-Cell systems have the potential for deployment across diverse applications. As a result of such capabilities, Hyundai will expand the scope of these technologies to all areas of the energy sector, including the provision of electricity and heating to buildings, urban energy sources and power plants.

“The degree and frequency of environmental disasters are rising fast, and we now face a code red warning for humanity. The Group seeks to offer powerful and pragmatic solutions for combatting climate change via the tremendous potential of hydrogen energy.”

Source: Drive | Hydrogen Houses: Hyundai to Expand Fuel-Cell Tech Beyond Cars and Trucks

8 September 2021

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