Hyundai Motor Group and AUDI AG have entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement, covering a broad range of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) components and technologies.
Under the new partnership, the companies will make joint efforts in developing FCEVs.
The cross-license agreement has been signed between Hyundai Motor Company – the Group’s flagship car-making unit – and Audi but also covers and benefits both companies’ affiliates, including Kia Motors Corporation and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen AG.
As a first step, Hyundai Motor Group will grant its counterpart the access to parts that are based on Hyundai’s know-how accumulated from the development of the ix35 Fuel Cell as well as the NEXO. Audi – responsible for the development of fuel cell technology within the Volkswagen Group – will also be able to take advantage of Hyundai’s FCEV parts supply chain.
Hyundai has been offering SUV-Class FCEVs since 2013, and currently sells them in 18 countries around the world.
Hyundai Motor Group and Audi have also agreed to explore opportunities for a next step in their collaboration. That step will aim to lead industry standards in fuel cell technology as well as accelerate FCEV development and spur innovation in the technology. Hyundai also plans to strengthen its competitiveness in the fuel cell components industry, engaging in new business opportunities created by the new partnership.
Hyundai Mobis, the Group’s FCEVs components manufacturer, is expected to expand its role for developing and supplying proprietary core components for Hyundai and Kia FCEVs.
In 2017, Mobis established an integrated production system for core components of FCEVs and the company’s plant in Chungju, South Korea, has the production capacity of 3,000 powertrain fuel cell complete (PFC) modules per year. PFC modules are comprised of fuel stacks, drive motors, power electronic components and hydrogen fuel supply units.
Hyundai says that Mobis will raise the plant’s capacity to tens of thousands of PFC modules down the road, depending on market demand.