Hyundai Motor announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Audi AG for the creation of innovative technologies for cars in which hydrogen is used as fuel. Automakers will exchange licenses and experience in order to increase the production of hydrogen models and reduce their cost in the future.
Audi specialists will have access to the development of power units of the Hyundai ix35 FCEV and NEXO models and the opportunity to use the structure of supplies of the Korean brand components. Both companies consider the use of hydrogen in electric vehicles as the most promising form of eco-transport development.
The partners want to introduce common standards in the development of hydrogen cell technology in the automotive industry, to jointly accelerate the process of developing new FCEV models, to stimulate innovations and provide customers with advanced mobility capabilities in the future.
The partnership between Hyundai and Audi is expected to positively affect Hyundai Mobis, the main supplier of spare parts and accessories for Hyundai cars. This company was the first in the world to install an integrated system for the conveyor production of components for hydrogen powertrains at its plant in Chungju (South Korea).
Today, the plant produces three thousand hydrogen modules per year, and the partnership with Audi could increase production several times.
Hyundai Motor is the first company in the world, which started hydrogen vehicles mass production.The ix35 FCEV model has been on the market since 2013, and it is available in 128 countries.
The Hyundai NEXO SUV on a new platform with a progressive hydrogen system, providing a power reserve up to 800 km, will also soon go on sale.
Source: Hyundai Motor
On the photo: 2014 Hyundai ix35