D e-mobility is advancing every day. More and more e-cars, e-bikes and e-scooters fill the streetscape. However, it has long been clear that pure electric drives are not the only future technology. For this reason, automobile manufacturers and suppliers are researching in all directions - and this of course also includes fuel cell technology.
And since research and development in cooperation with competent partners usually leads to success faster and more effectively, the Hyundai Motor Group and Audi AG concluded an agreement on cross-licensing of patents for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) - more precisely for a large one Number of components and technologies that deal with that very topic. Since both Hyundai and Audi are each part of a large group of companies, it is not surprising that the agreement includes both Kia Motors Corporation and the Audi parent company Volkswagen AG.
In a first step, the Hyundai Motor Group will leverage its know-how from the development of the fuel cell series vehicles ix35 Fuel Cell (on the market since 2013 in 18 countries) and Nexo (163 hp, 666 km range according to WLTP standard) share with the contract partner. At the same time, Audi is taking full advantage of the Hyundai supply chain for FCEV parts. Since 2017, Hyundai Mobis has been the first company in the world to have an integrated production system for core components of FCEVs. The plant in Chungju, South Korea, can produce 3,000 fuel cell drive units per year. These consist of drive motors, fuel cells, power electronics components and the hydrogen supply. Depending on market demand, the plant should also be able to produce tens of thousands of these drive units per year.