Hyundai is expanding its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its support of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. The company says its commitment aims to ‘increase technical collaboration to better understand challenges and to collect and publish independently validated data from demonstrating fuel cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure under real world operating conditions’.
As part of the partnership, Hyundai will provide the DOE with five NEXO fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) for use in various regions of the country to help advance research and development of the technology. Data from the vehicles and infrastructure will be collected, analysed and published to identify additional research needs in areas such as durability, performance and reliability. Activities will also help support training and workforce development programs.
Hyundai will also contribute funding to install a small-scale hydrogen fueling station in the Washington, D.C. area.
“Hyundai Motor is proud to partner with and support the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program as part of our commitment in supporting the transition to clean energy,” said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group. “With the potential for application across multiple industries, we firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cells are necessary for a sustainable future. We are delighted that our technologies can help the U.S. Department of Energy as it continues to explore the future potential of hydrogen.”
Hyundai says its cooperation with the U.S. Federal Government in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies dates back to 2004, when the company and its affiliate Kia Motors Corporation offered 33 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project. From 2012 to 2017, Hyundai took part in the U.S. Department of Energy’s fuel cell vehicle confirmation program. In December 2018, the Hyundai Motor Group – including affiliates Hyundai Motor Co. Kia Motors Corp. and parts-maker Hyundai Mobis Co. – announced its long-term roadmap ‘Fuel Cell Vision 2030’ plan, committing to accelerate the development of a hydrogen society. As part of this plan, Hyundai Motor Group says it will boost its annual fuel cell systems production capacity to 700,000 units by 2030.