HYUNDAI is a major advocate of hydrogen-powered cars – and has been for years.
In 2013 it unveiled the first commercially-produced hydrogen fuel cell car, the Hyundai ix35 FCEV.
Since then it has lost none of its appetite and wants to become the first global vehicle manufacturer to offer hydrogen versions of all its commercial vehicles by 2028.
Euisun Chung, chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, said the company had long understood the tremendous potential of hydrogen energy.
“Hydrogen is a powerful solution to help combat climate change,” he said.
Over the past 20 years the Korean car giant has devoted significant resources and talents to develop hydrogen-based technologies.
“As a result of these long-term efforts, our passenger and commercial vehicles are already in use around the world,” he said.
But their vision is for trams, trains, ships and planes, homes, workplaces and factories to be run on hydrogen.
“We want hydrogen to be used by everyone for everything and everywhere,” he said.
INEOS, which has also understood the benefits and power of hydrogen for years, recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai.
The two companies plan to work together on developing hydrogen technologies, production processes and uses.
“We hope our decades-long expertise in hydrogen fuel cell work in synergy with INEOS’ expertise in the field of chemistry to realise the mass production of green hydrogen,” said Saehoon Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Fuel Cell Center at Hyundai Motor Company.