This is not the first time that Hyundai’s relationship with hydrogen has been mentioned. The large Korean company has shown particular zeal in this field over the last 15 years, presenting not only passenger models (initially – in 2013 – the Tucson FCEV [ix35 Fuel Cell] SUV and then the Nexo FC, currently available in America and Europe) but also heavy vehicles.
As part of the special online event Hydrogen Waver Forum, Hyundai Group announced, three days ago, its further plans for a new wave of products and technologies that will accelerate the path to a hydrogen society.
Reading the statement of Euisun Chung, president of Hyundai group, we would say that Koreans are going too far: “The vision of Hyundai Motor Group is to bring their hydrogen energy to all areas of life and industry, such as our homes, workplaces and factories. The goal is for hydrogen to be easily used by everyone, for everything and everywhere. We want to offer practical solutions for the sustainable development of humanity and with these discoveries, we aim to help promote a global hydrogen society by 2040.”
The Hyundai Group’s central goal is to have its full range of commercial vehicles come with fuel cell versions by 2028. Hyundai intends to promote next-generation advanced fuel cell technologies vehicles in global commercial vehicle markets, including Europe – which currently exceeds 400,000 new units per year.
In this context, Hyundai group will start, in 2023, to install in its vehicles a next generation fuel cell system – at two power levels, 100 kW and 200 kW – with twice as much power and a total system volume of less than 30%.
Also, while for the second-generation fuel cell array released in 2018, the company succeeded in offering a duration of 5,000 hours / 160,000 kilometers of use, the third-generation fuel cells are expected to have a strength increased by 50-100 percent.
While high-strength arrays for commercial vehicles are expected to achieve a lifespan of 500,000 kilometers. In addition, the price of the third-generation fuel cell array will fall dramatically according to the Koreans – with projections to reduce the equal cost of hydrogen vehicles (FCEV) with battery vehicles (BEVs) by 2030.
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During the Hydrogen Wave, the Hyundai Group also unveiled the prototype “Trailer Drone”, a hydrogen container system, capable of operating fully autonomously, with an “e-Bogie” double carriage configuration. These are two units equipped with electric motors, on which the container carrier rests, which offer extremely high flexibility in the Trailer Drone.
The company is also developing a purpose built vehicle (PBV) of fuel cells, 5 to 7 meters long, that will target the global market for light commercial vehicles, which is expected to reach seven million sales annually, by 2030.