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Hyundai Motor Exporting Fuel Cell Systems to Europe

Auto News - Published on Mon, 28 Sep 2020

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Hyundai Motor Company has begun shipping its proprietary fuel cell system to Europe for use by non-automotive companies including a Swiss hydrogen solution firm, GRZ Technologies Ltd. The move reinforces Hyundai’s leadership in the development and mass production of fuel cell systems for vehicles and beyond. Hyundai Motor became an automobile manufacturer to export both fuel cell systems and fuel cell electric vehicles. Export of its fuel cell system demonstrates Hyundai’s high technology and production capacity in support of eco-friendly energy businesses and advances its strategy to become a Smart Mobility Solution Provider with fuel cell technology playing a pivotal role.

Hyundai Motor’s fuel cell system leverages decades of experience. The company introduced its first fuel cell electric vehicle in 2000, the Santa Fe FCEV, followed by the world’s first mass-produced FCEV, the ix35, in 2013, and the second-generation fuel cell SUV, the NEXO, in 2018. Recently, the company successfully shipped the first 10 units of the XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell heavy-duty truck, to Switzerland as well.

Hyundai Motor and GRZ Technologies have been pushing for cooperation in hydrogen storage technology since late last year. GRZ has the technology to store about five to ten times more hydrogen than before, with a pressure lower than 30 bar, which is significantly lower than the storage pressure of a normal hydrogen storage tank, 200 to 500 bar. It is expected that this technology will be used in various ways through cooperation between the two companies in the future.

Using Hyundai’s fuel cell system, the company plans to produce a stationary power supply system to be used for building electricity at peak times. The fuel cell system is based on the one used in Hyundai NEXO.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 28 Sep 2020
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